Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address underlying inequalities between children currently eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who come from families that have an income that means they are not eligible, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM. Section 8 of the Pupil Premium Grant 2012-2013 Conditions of Grant sets out the following:

"The grant may be spent by maintained schools for the purposes of the school; that is to say for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school, or for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools; and on community facilities; for example, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.”

Schools are therefore 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. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. This will ensure that parents, carers and others are made fully aware of the progress and attainment of pupils covered by the premium.