Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils. Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
- Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
- Children of Service personnel
Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11 in a maintained school. Children in Nursery and Pre-Schools who meet the criteria are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our Academy and it is clearly identifiable. Schools and Academies are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools and academies are held to account for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. We are required to report and publicise our disadvantaged strategy annually, including how the money has been spent and what impact has been made on the achievements of pupils as a result of the funding.