Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between them and their peers.
In April 2012, pupil premium funding was extended to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years.
Pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Ofsted inspections report on how schools use the funding and how it has affected the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Schools are also held to account through performance tables, which include data on:
- the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- the progress made by these pupils
- the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
Schools will receive £1,320 funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools receive £1,900 for any pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care and is under a special guardianship order
- has left care and has a residence order
- has left care and has a child arrangement order
Identifying Disadvantaged Pupils
Eligibility for free school meals is used nationally as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level.
This data allows schools to identify pupils who have previously attracted pupil premium funding so support can be accurately targeted. The data can also help schools estimate how much pupil premium funding they will be allocated for budget planning purposes.
Pupil Premium allocations are made based on the January school census.
Head teachers and Governing Bodies/Local Boards are held accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding in the following ways:
- performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared to their peers
- schools are required to publish details online each year of how they are using the pupil premium and the impact it is having on pupil achievement
- the Ofsted inspection framework, where inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Mrs Tessa Sait via the school office (01449 766224).
The Local Improvement Board has oversight of the effective use of the Single Strategy funding for the school.