What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is extra funding that comes into our budget to help us make a positive difference to the educational outcomes of those pupils who are considered to be disadvantaged. All schools are entitled to Pupil Premium. It is calculated by the number of pupils we have who are or were eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years or who are identified as looked after by a Local Authority (children in care or foster care). There is also an additional grant for children from families who serve in the armed forces.
Why is Pupil Premium important?
Nationally, there is a strong link between economic disadvantage and poor achievement in schools. Across the country there is a significant gap between the progress made by pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are not eligible. There are many reasons why this gap exists. Pupil Premium is given to schools to help us try to close this gap.
How can we spend Pupil Premium?
Although our Pupil Premium grant is calculated in terms of specific pupils, we do not have to spend the money directly on them. It is up to the school to decide how the Pupil Premium grant will be used. However, we do have to demonstrate how we are using this additional funding to close the progress gap between less and more advantaged pupils.
What are our plans for this academic year?
Details of how we intend to spend the funding for the next three years can be found in the Pupil Premium Strategy document below, along with the impact of how we spent last year’s funding.
How do I apply for Pupil Premium?
Even if your child receives free school meals as part of the universal free school meals scheme (Years R, 1 and 2), please register before the end of the Autumn Term to make sure your child and others benefit from the grant this academic year. Follow the link below if you think you may be eligible. You do not have to accept Free School Meals but the school will still gain the funding to support your child.