What is Pupil Premium Funding?
•The pupil premium is funding additional to main school funding to address the current underlying inequalities between vulnerable groups of children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
•The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and it is for schools to decide how the funding will be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Children who are eligible include:
•Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years
•Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and Children who have been Adopted from Care
•Children of armed services personnel.
•Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils.
•New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those vulnerable groups of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
•Since September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
•To close the achievement gap by ensuring that any pupil at risk of underachieving are identified early and support and intervention is provided for those pupils.
In 2014 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who have been Adopted from Care.