The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
What we receive: Schools receive an amount of funding per pupil, for pupils who fall into certain categories. This includes those who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years and those who are or have been in local authority care.
What the funding is for: Schools can spend the pupil premium as they see fit – it is not a personal budget for each eligible child. However, they must use it to help raise the attainment of eligible pupils, and to close the attainment gap between these pupils and their peers at all levels of attainment.
How we spend the funding: As a school we are accountable for how we will use this additional funding. Schools are required to publish online information regarding how they have used the premium and the impact it has made.
Our approach for many years has mirrored that recommended by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) in that it promotes:
- Quality first teaching strategies and best practice
- Additional time and support to allow all children to achieve and succeed
- Wider strategies to ensure non-academic factors are promoted to allow all children to participate, achieve and enjoy their education and all that school can offer
Some examples of uses of this funding we have implemented are:
Provided extensive and ongoing staff training on the best approaches to raise standards and improve progress;
Provided individual and group support (academic support, learning support, social or emotional support);
Funded additional academic and homework support for children eligible for the pupil premium;
Removed or reduced financial barriers enabling them to fully participate in school life and access wider experiences through funding or heavily subsidising school trips, uniform, clubs, books, instruments, technology for home learning and other resources;
Developed our induction and transition strategy for children joining the school after the reception year (mobile pupils).
Find out more: The Department of Education has published more about the purpose and allocation of the pupil premium including the details of how it is calculated for each school.