Person Responsible: Head teacher
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 those that are not, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 after research demonstrated that children from disadvantaged backgrounds were far less likely to get good GCSE results. Attainment statistics published in January 2014 showed that in 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals achieved 5 GCSEs, including English and mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. In April 2012, eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM. A premium is also available for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces, or who have served in the last 5 years.
Pupil premium funding has increased year on year.
For the financial year 2016-2017, the following allocations will be made:
- £1,320 for each pupil in YR-Y6 registered as eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years
- £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
- £300 for each pupil YR-Y11 whose parents have served or are serving in the armed forces (‘Ever 5 Service Child’), or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
Funding is paid in quarterly instalments to free schools, and on the following dates in 2016-2017:
- 6 July 2016
- 5 October 2016
- 5 January 2017
- 5 April 2017
Please click here to view the Pupil Premium Action Plan for 2016-17.