Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011. The Government believes that Pupil Premium funding, 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 peers, by ensuring that this funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most, dimish any difference and tackle some of the specific challenges eligible children face which might put them at a disadvantage to their peers. This rationale reflects our school value of 'Achievement' of all our children and families.
Who is eligible?
Schools are allocated funding for:
- Children from low-income families who are eligible and registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ´Ever 6 FSM´)
- Children from families with parents in the Armed Forces
- Any child looked after continuously for more than 6 months is entitled to Pupil Premium Plus Funding.
The School's Leadership Team are able to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel would support the children best. Leaders, including Governors, will be held accountable for how the school has used the additional funding to support eligible pupils.
Leaders are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online
How is Pupil Premium funding paid?
Pupil Premium funding is paid directly to schools. It is not ring-fenced and schools can pool Pupil Premium money for numerous children to pay for collective support to gain maximum impact from the funding. This is evidenced on the School's Pupil Premium Strategy.