What is the Pupil Premium?
The government introduced Pupil Premium in 2011. The aim was to provide schools with additional funding for those children classed as having deprived backgrounds and also those children who have been looked after by the Local Authority for longer than 1 day, adopted, under a special guardianship/care or residence order. In addition, a service premium was introduced for children whose parents are, or have since 2011, served in the armed forces. This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. It is allocated to schools, based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as any child who is known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. It also includes children who have been looked after continuously for more than one day; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
Schools are free to determine themselves how they spend this funding but are obliged to provide parents with information about how the money is being spent.
We work hard to ensure that the maximum number of pupils benefit from this funding and strive to reduce the gap between pupil premium children’s progress and those from other backgrounds.