Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after at any point in their childhood. In 2013-2014 this also included pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM).
The government introduced Pupil Premium with the aim of increasing social mobility, reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally and enabling more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to have higher aspirations for their academic future.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we are held accountable for how we use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
The school’s pupil premium funding is a significant amount of money and needs to be planned for carefully in order to ensure best value. The Senior Leadership Team and Governors are committed to ensuring the plans to spend this money impact on individual children’s needs, offer value for money and ultimately narrow the attainment gap for our most vulnerable pupils in English and Maths as they move through the school. They are offered a range of social, emotional and basic skills support or enrichment. We also aim to provide support to improve their attendance and punctuality.
From September 2012 we have been required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This ensures parents and others are aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.