Pupil Premium is an amount of money given to schools in respect of children from low-income families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). In addition, an amount is given for pupils of parents in Her Majesty’s Forces or pupils who are in care (looked after by the Local Authority) or adopted. These pupils are referred to as ‘disadvantaged ‘pupils.
In 2014/2015 the Pupil Premium Grant was £49,300, in 2015/2016 it was £48,762 and in 2016/2017 it is £57,200.
Schools can spend the money as they see fit, to ‘close the gap’ between pupils who are perceived to be ‘disadvantaged’ and other pupils. It is not linked to a specific child, but used for overall impact. As this money is given directly to the school from the Government, schools are held accountable for the expenditure and impact of this funding.
Our main aim is high quality teaching and therefore this money is primarily spent on staffing to keep class sizes lower or to employ extra teaching assistants. This allows for a higher ratio of teachers to pupils and a greater degree of quality input which may include delivering specific intervention programmes.