Pupil Premium

Person Responsible: Head teacher

Background

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.

Eligibility

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.

Please click here to view the Pupil Premium plan for 2020-21.