The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities. This targeted funding aims to close any gap in attainment and progress between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings; to children who have been Looked After continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
From 2012, this has also included pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the main school budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment and progress of their most vulnerable pupils.
From September 2012, schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
We aim to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children by targeting our Pupil Premium funding at:
- Improving Quality First Teaching; providing a personalised learning experience for all disadvantaged pupils
- Funding teaching assistant support time to enable specific intervention groups to run that target Reading, Writing, Spelling, Mathematics and the development of Social and Emotional skills
- Interventions and opportunities aimed at our most able disadvantaged pupils
- School trips and extra-curricular experiences; making them accessible to all disadvantaged pupils