What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount is also allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
Pupil premium wider aims
- The pupil premium funding will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for pupils who are disadvantaged by barriers to learning.
- The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
- The school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between pupils eligible for pupil premium which causes potential barriers to learning and others.
- We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.