Who is Pupil Premium for?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support identified pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium grant was introduced in April 2011 for:
- Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in Reception to Year 11
- Looked After Children
- Pupils whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefore we reserve the right to allocate this Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged and/or of a vulnerable nature.
What is the Pupil Premium for?
It is used to provide additional support to improve the progress and raise standards of achievement narrowing the gap between the achievement of identified pupils and their peers.
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.