The Pupil Premium
What is it?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years: £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6.
The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is: 26%.
How do we measure success?
The School tracks the progress of all students, including students in this particular group. Success will be evidence that shows that students in this group are making better progress than in the past and significantly closing the gap in performance. We will also compare their progress against their peers in the school and nationally, so that we can judge the impact of our work in this broader context.
Softer impact data is also gathered in the form of parental responses to feedback questionnaires and the annual pupil report as well as anecdotal evidence from parents and students, otherwise unavailable to them.