What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium grant was introduced in April 2011 to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children. Funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years or have been in care for six months or longer. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Common barriers for disadvantaged children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all”.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to diminish the difference between pupil groups.
We have analysed our data and have made use of research on good practice in using Pupil Premium funding, such as the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit to inform our decisions as to how we spend the funding and diminish the difference.
This will be reviewed in April 2017.