What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals and who are Looked After Children. This is because the DfE have recognised that good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. This is particularly true for children from low-income families, or who are Looked After Children. Research shows that without intervention these children are far less likely to leave schools with good GCSE results than other children. The Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
The DfE have stated that schools have the right to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs. There is obvious accountability that serves to ensure that the money is used effectively and to the benefit of these key groups.
Schools, Headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. Source - DfE website
What are the plans for the Pupil Premium?
Our Academy Development Plan includes clear systems to ensure that any additional funding will impact on children entitled to receiving Pupil Premium. This includes good tracking of pupils and the evaluation of additional intervention strategies that will be put in place.
We encourage all parents and carers to ensure that staff at our Academy know whether their child is entitled to Free School Meals or has a parent who is a member of the armed services. Parents can register their child for Free School Meals if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Further details of how we utilise ther Pupil Premium can be found on our Statutory information page here.