What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium (PP) Grant was introduced by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long term economic wellbeing between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven. However, the Government has a stated aim to narrow this gap in attainment and since 2011 has provided additional funding to schools to support them in so doing.
Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years (if no longer receiving FSM are known as Ever 6 children) and children who have been in care for more than six months. Currently schools will receive an additional £953 for each child eligible for FSM or who are considered looked after (Child Looked After – CLA).
Children whose parents are employed by the armed forces receive an additional £250.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are aware of the extra support that is available to pupils who receive the PP.
The Department of Education website is a good source of additional information:
What is the Funding Used For?
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. Appropriate provision is made for pupils that belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This will be through whole school monitoring of data, assessments and discussions with the class teacher. We recognise that not all pupils that receive Pupil Premium funding will be socially disadvantaged.