Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to the most disadvantaged children in order to close the attainment difference between them and their peers. Over the last few years, the focus has moved away from just children who are underperforming to include children who are coasting or children who could be considered to be most able. This has generated a shift in the deployment of staff and additional funding.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and pupils who do not face these challenges.
Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years)
- Looked after children
- Children of Service personnel
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils.
The proportion of children eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant at Clifton Primary School is 21%.
To support our decisions for the use of the Pupil Premium funding we follow suggestions in the documents below:
Pupil Premium: How Schools are Spending the Funding (2013)
NASEN Guide to the Pupil Premium (2014)
The Pupil Premium – An Update (2014)
Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils (2015)
Pupil Premium: Funding for Schools and Accountability for Schools (GOV.UK 2017)