A seemingly innocuous change has seen the DfE move to using October 2020 census data – and not the usual January census – to decide on Pupil Premium eligibility.
It means that any children who have become “eligible” between October and January will not attract the crucial £1,345 Pupil Premium funding from April 2021. Instead they will have to wait a year.
The issue has been highlighted by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). It says that the three-month gap may seem small, but with many families in “volatile financial situations”, higher than normal numbers of pupils are at risk of rapidly falling into further disadvantage.
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