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Pupil premium

Many of the schools that Place2Be work in use the pupil premium to fund Place2Be's in-school therapeutic services, given the impact that our services have on classroom behaviour and attitudes to learning.

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. It was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years. Looked after children and those of service personnel also attract funding.

The pupil premium rose to £1.875 billion in 2013-14, with schools attracting £900 per child. For primary schools there was a rise to £1,320 in 2016-17 and to £1,900 for Looked After Children. The pupil premium allowance for secondary schools is £935 per eligible pupil.

Why use the pupil premium to Fund Place2Be?

Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. Place2Be works with over 600 schools, supporting a school population of over 350,000 children and young people, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

Typically 47% of the children who are supported by Place2Be receive FSM, while the national average is 24% (in 17-18). Teachers in the schools we work in note that hyperactivity and conduct issues have a negative impact on the child concerned and other children. In 2017-18, teachers reported that 59% of children had difficulties that interfered significantly with their classroom learning and 36% had difficulties that impacted the teacher or the class.

Measuring Place2Be's Impact

Read more about our impact & evidence

The Sutton Trust and EEF a toolkit is intended to act as a guide to Heads on effective means of spending the pupil premium.

Read more about pupil premium on the Department for Education webpage

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Please contact our School Partnerships Manager by completing our enquiries form to see how Place2Be could support your school.

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