The Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools in order to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap for ‘vulnerable groups’.
Pupil premium funding is allocated to:
- Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 11 who have qualified for free school meals during the last six years (Ever 6 FSM).
- Children in Care (CiC or LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
- Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 11 recorded as Ever 5 Service Children or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. (This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils).
The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
The school will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
The Headteacher, in consultation with the Governors and teaching staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
The school will assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.
The grant may be used to ensure that all pupils have full access to broad educational experiences, such as residential courses and competing in sporting events.
The school will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the Headteacher will report to the governing body on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
The school will publish online information about how they have used the Premium.
Through in-year assessment, the school will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.
The school will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
The school will monitor evaluate and review the success of the impact of the pupil premium funding.