The Pupil Premium is allocated to children and young people who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed services.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools on top of the main funding that they receive. This funding is targeted at children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (eligible for free school meal’s or in care) to ensure that they are able to benefit from the same opportunities as young people from less deprived families. The Pupil Premium exists because data suggests that students who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower attainment than those who have never been eligible.
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop his full potential, irrespective of need
The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these students to increase their attainment and diminish the difference between other pupils from the same starting point nationally.