Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
It is allocated to:
- children of statutory school age who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM)
- children who are looked after by the local authority
- children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces
The DFE offer the following guidance:
In most cases the pupil premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are the best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
However they also state that:
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 from low income families.
'Our commitment to providing the very best opportunities for disadvantaged learners' please click here
Please find our Pupil Premium Grant document on our policies page 'Closing the Attainment Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils'
Our Pupil Premium Statement: