The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to overcome 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.
Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
As a school, we ensure that teaching and learning is closely matched to the needs of pupils, and that appropriate provision is made for all children who are underachieving.
The pupil premium enables us to offer more targeted provision to pupils who may belong to vulnerable groups, including Looked After Children and those in receipt of Free School Meals.
Our first priority in targeting pupil premium funding is to ensure that all pupils receive well planned support to reach their individual targets in Literacy and Numeracy.
Our second priority is to ensure that our children have access to our broad and balanced range of opportunities across and beyond the whole curriculum, which they might not otherwise be able to access.