The Government believes that 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 their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it the most .
The Government believes that Head Teachers and School Leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- The performance data which shows the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
- The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
In most cases the Pupil Premium, allocated for every pupil who receives free school meals, is paid direct to schools. The schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, (including Non-Maintained Special Schools), the pupils home Local Authority decides how to allocate the Pupil Premium. The Local Authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Pupil Premium for the pupils in their area should be used.
During Academic Years 2011 – 2012, 2013 – 2014 and 2014 -2015 we did not receive any Pupil Premium money. This is a matter that was addressed by the school with the Local Authorities and highlighted to the DfE.
Towards the end of Academic Year 2015 – 2016 we received £2220. This was carried over to the next year.
Academic Year 2016 – 2017 we received £6610. The Pupil Premium 2016-2017 report can be viewed here.