What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families.
The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Since September 2014, the premium will be worth £1320 and goes to pupils who are currently registered for Free school Meals (FSM) and those who have received FSM in the past six years (known as Ever6/E6). Pupils in care, even for one day, also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium.
How we use the funding
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Pupil Premium funds are used to help the pupils in many ways including academic and non-academic areas, these include:
- Providing extra tuition for able children.
- Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
- Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
- Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
- Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.