An Introduction to Pupil Premium
- The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and also for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium will now be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years.
- 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 FSM and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
- Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
- The level of the premium in 2015-16 is £1,320 per pupil.
The Pupil Premium and Farway CE Primary School
It is a legal requirement that we publish details of our Pupil Premium allocation, outlining the spending of this money and the impact of this spending on the educational attainment of those pupils in respect of whom the funding was allocated. For the Academic Year 2016-17 there are currently no children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. If this changes throughout the year we will review our approach to the use of Pupil Premium funding. In the past we have used the funding for such activities as additional intervention groups, extra opportunities e.g. music lessons, helping to fund the cost of residential visits, staff training linked to the needs of eligible pupils and to develop whole school strategies.