What is the Pupil Premium?

Find out more about the Pupil Premium and discover how it has been put to use in our school.

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. Here in our school we recognise that not all children who are eligible for Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged and that nor all pupils that are socially disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for Free School Meals, be looked after or from service families. Therefore, we allocate Pupil Premium Funding on a needs basis where we identify indiviuduals or families that need it most.

The level of the premium in 2016 – 17 was £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) based on the January 2016 Census and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. In 2012 – 13 eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

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. The funding is allocated to schools per FSM pupil.

We have spent this money on one to one support for spelling and maths (Numicon and FirstClass@number intervention), small group work and additional Teaching Assistant time to support the differentiation in our expanding classes. We have also supported pupils in financial hardship by subsidising or paying for school trips and extra curricular activities. All of this has helped to maintain a high standard of education and create a positive school experience for all pupils.