What is it?
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to close the between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. National statistics show that these children often underperform even though they may have the same potential as their peers.
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’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after by Children’s Services continuously over more than six months, and for children of armed forces personnel.
The Government believes that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), allocated per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This is to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. This information details the following:
- The amount of the school’s allocation from the Pupil Premium Grant;
- How the allocation will be spent;
- How the previous academic year’s allocation was spent
- How effectively the previous academic year’s grant funding was allocated.
Funding is allocated within the school budget by financial year. This budget enables the school to plan its intervention and support programme. Expenditure is therefore planned and implemented by academic year as shown. As an inclusive school, Newton Flotman Church of England Primary strongly believes that no pupil should be disadvantaged as a result of background and ensures that resources and support are also provided for children who may not necessarily be eligible for free school meals or looked after, but who have been identified by the school as being at an educational disadvantage compared to their peers. This support is funded out of the School’s main budget. Programmes involving children who are eligible for the grant as well as those who are not are often part-funded by Pupil Premium, proportional to the children they benefit.