The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through: the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers, the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium and the reports for parents and carers that schools now have to publish online.
We use this money to provide additional support to pupils and a range of enhancement activities to maximise their chances of making the expected progress in their learning:
Please see our Pupil Premium Strategy Statements below for a breakdown of the past and planned spending for impact of Pupil Premium spending.
Ofsted reported in their latest report (July 2014)
‘Pupils supported by the pupil premium funding, including those known to be eligible for free school meals, make good progress.’
‘The rate of progress of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals across year groups is improving. The gap between their achievement and other pupils is closing rapidly and, in some cases, these pupils now achieve better than their classmates.’