Since April 2011, the Government introduced the Pupil Premium in order to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children from lower income families.
The available funding has risen from an initial £430 in 2013/2014 to £1320 in 2016/17 for every pupil that is registered for Free School Meals and has been extended to include any pupil who has ever been registered at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6).
It is for the Governing Body and School’s Leadership Team to decide on how best to allocate the funding to enhance the provision for pupils, improving their experience of school, motivating them to attend and participate, and to ensure that the curriculum is more closely tailored to their needs and in doing so improves their progress and attainment thus narrowing the gap with their peers.
The impact of the Pupil Premium is closely monitored by measurement of eligible pupil’s outcomes over the academic year. In particular, improvements are monitored with regard to reading, writing and mathematics.
Schools are held to account to ensure pupils achieve their full potential and are required to report online to parents details of income and how they have used the premium and the impact on attainment.