What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals (FSM), those who are Looked After Children (LAC) and those who are from service families. This is because the DfE has recognised that a good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. Pupil Premium provides additional funding specifically linked to the objective of boosting pupils’ attainment.
The Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the school’s budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. The DfE has agreed that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within the school. As a school, we dedicate a significant proportion of our pupil premium allocation directly into ensuring all pupils receive high quality teaching and learning. However, we also recognise that some children have significant barriers to learning and that those children and their families may require additional support to overcome those barriers. Therefore some of our Pupil Premium resource is spent on providing support in those areas. Our overall goal is to give all our pupils equal opportunities to achieve their full potential, academically and socially, through access to high quality academic, cultural, sporting and nurturing opportunities and support.