What is Pupil Premium?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The level of the premium in 2017/18 is £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months.
The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012/13 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.
At our school, pupil premium allocation is spent either by providing academic support to boost attainment or as a means by which pupils’ learning or experiences in education may be enriched.
Where pupils’ attainment is good, the funding will be used to enrich their learning through:
Where pupils’ attainment is below national expectation. the funding will be used to support the pupils learning needs through (for example):
Below is the 2017/18 report on progress for children in receipt of the pupil premium.