The government currently provides schools with additional funding to support the learning and development of certain groups of eligible children. This is known as “Pupil Premium” and is allocated to children who:
- are currently eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
- have at any point during the last six years received FSM (known as Ever 6 FSM)
- have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- have been adopted from local authority care under the ‘Adoption Act 2002’.
The aim of the Pupil Premium funding is to ensure the progress of eligible children is as much, if not more, than the rest of the school and therefore help reduce the gap in attainment between Pupil Premium and non Pupil Premium children.
As directed by the Department of Education, schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how the funding has been used and the impact it has had on the eligible children. We are required to publish on line information about how we use the funding and its impact. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the progress and attainment of these pupils and the extra support that they receive