Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. The government publish guidance about Pupil Premium on their website. The document explains that Pupil Premium Funding is extra funding from the government for publicly funded schools in England to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
It’s up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium. This is because school leaders are best-placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use funding to improve attainment. Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas - Teaching, Academic support and Wider approaches but focusing on teaching quality, investing in learning and development for teachers.
Schools must show how they’re using their pupil premium effectively:
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.