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Pupil Premium funding - what is it?

The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils who come from backgrounds that might be deemed to be disadvantaged. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils so they may reach their potential. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium from April 2012 is for any pupil who has been entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years. In addition, pupils who are “looked after” by the authority (LAC) or whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces are also entitled to the premium. From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.

The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 state that, as of 1 September 2016, schools must publish certain information relating to the pupil premium grant online.

In the previous academic year (2017-18):

  • how the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

The current academic year (2018-19):

  • the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
  • how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their settings. Further details of the funding we receive, and how we use it, can be found below.

 

Evaluation of the use of Pupil Premium funding

Governors monitor the use of the Pupil Premium funding closely, as well as the progress and outcomes for those children.