The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, 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 pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and be required to publish this information online. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. Measures are included in the Department for Education’s annual performance tables that capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
The DFE will also provide schools with information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.
The senior leader with overarching responsibility for this area is Mr Hindmarch who works collaboratively with leaders across the Academy in ensuring that funds are spent effectively. The pie chart below illustrates how Pupil Premium funding has been allocated for the current academic year. The majority of these funds have been targeted towards two key strands: strategies to raise achievement and strategies to support personal development and well-being. The third strand, other strategies, includes a variety of initiatives such as Careers Information and Guidance.
Please contact the Academy if you wish to access further information relating to your child(ren).