Pupil Premium is additional funding from the Department for Education to support specific pupils aged 5-16. This can be used to support specific or specialist intervention or resources to impact on pupils learning.
Your child is eligible for pupil premium if they are in receipt of free school meals or have been eligible within the past six years, children who have been adopted from care or who have left care, or children who are looked after by the local authority.
Your child is eligible for Service pupil premium if one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service, and also pupils whose parent is serving in the armed forces of another nation and is formally stationed in England), they have previously registered as a 'service child' in any school census in the last 6 years, one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme.
The Government states that, "Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils." (Source: DfE Pupil Premium Overview, October 2022)
Pupil Premium is not a personal budget for individual children and is spent according to the DfE's "Menu of Approaches," which reflects evidence that Pupil Premium funding is most effective when spent in the following three areas:
> High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
> Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
> Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour, and social and emotional support.
(Source: DfE Pupil Premium Overview, October 2022)
Our Pupil Premium Strategy states how we intend to spend our Pupil Premium allocation, within these areas, for this year as well as the impact of the previous years' spending.