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 whose use of the pupil premium has significantly improved the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils are rewarded.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
· £1,320 for each pupil
Schools also receive £1,900 for each 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
Eligibility for free school meals is used nationally as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level. For the academic year 2016 to 2017, all schools are provided with a list of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
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 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
The governor linked to Pupil Premium funding is: Vanessa Kingsley.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.