The government believes the Pupil Premium 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 students who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. Specifically the Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years (Ever 6) or those children who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA). For the year 2016/2017 the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible pupil (FSM/Ever 6) and £1900 for Looked After Children or Post LAC. There is also a smaller provision of £300 made for those pupils who have a parent in the armed services. Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil premium money should be spent, but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies which narrow the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils.
Pupil Premium breakdown 2016/2017
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Pupil Premium funding
The Pupil Premium funding has been and is being spent on initiatives and support set up to narrow the gaps between the highest and lowest achievers, which captures a large proportion of our Pupil Premium students. The initiatives invested in are academic, pastoral and welfare based.