What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to help schools which must be used to support children from low income and other disadvantaged families. This is because national statistical evidence shows that it is these children which form the majority of those pupils who may not succeed in education and whose adult life chances may then be seriously affected.
Pupil Premium funding is primarily aimed at children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). This includes any child who has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years. Funding also covers children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months, while a smaller “Service Premium” has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving with the armed forces.
Each school is free to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium allocated to it, but every school is expected to use the funding to help close any gaps in attainment between eligible pupils and their peers. Schools are held accountable for this by publishing details of their allocation and their plans for expenditure. Schools must also provide a statement for parents and outside agencies confirming previous allocations, expenditure and the impact which this has had.
We currently have no children in our school eligible for pupil premium.