Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to ensure that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit from the same opportunities as other students.
Schools are free to spend this funding as they see fit but are required to publish information online about how they have used this money. This is to ensure that parents and carers are fully aware of the impact of the money spent.
The Department of Education defines ‘Disadvantaged pupils’ to include pupils who:
- were eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point during the last six years and
- are children looked after (CLA). CLA are pupils who have been looked after continuously for six months (>=183 days) during the year and are aged between five and fifteen. The data does not cover those children looked after under respite care.
Schools will receive £1,320 for each primary school child registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:
- has been continuously looked after (eg: in care of the local authority) for the past six months
- has been adopted from care under the Adoption & Children Act 2002
- has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
Additionally, schools will receive £300 for each child whose parent/parents currently serve in the Armed Forces or are in receipt of a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
We have high aspirations for our children and are determined to ensure that everyone is given every chance to realise their full potential. Our staff are committed to the belief that it is every child’s passion and thirst for knowledge, as well as dedication and commitment to learning that makes the difference between success and failure.
Pupil Premium funding represents a significant proportion of the budget at our school and our key objectives are to narrow the gap between pupil groups and through targeted interventions, strive towards eliminating any barriers to learning and progress.
Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure they make accelerated progress in order to reach age-related expectations or better as they move through the school.
We have analysed our data thoroughly and we have made use of a range of research – such as parental engagement research, children as writers, good practice in using PP funding, the Sutton Trust research on within-school variance and the Sutton Trust School Tool Kit – to inform our decision making.
Pupil Premium funding:
- In 2013/2014, we received £157,500
- In 2014/2015, we received £222,300
- In 2015/2016, we received £239,477
- In 2016/2017, we received £191,400
- For the academic year 2017/2018, we will receive £159,720
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