What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children registered for a free school meal and children that have been in care for more than six months.
Why has it been introduced?
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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
For the academic year September 2011 to July 2012 our school received £ 21930 of Pupil Premium funding. For the financial year April 2012 to March 2013 our school has received £37800. For the financial year April 2013 to March 2014 our school has received £56700. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is: 28% The national percentage is 19.2%.
During 2012- 2013 we used the Pupil Premium in the following ways:
Next year we plan to use the Pupil Premium in the same way with the addition of :
- A New Full time Teacher
- Purchase and use 'Number Counts' Maths Programme