Pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is an effective 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 most. The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. Up to £50 million of the pupil premium was utilised to fund a Summer School Programme for disadvantaged pupils to support their transition to secondary schools in September 2013.
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding given to schools to support pupils who are eligible. There are a variety of reasons why your child may be entitled to this funding which includes:
- If they are on Free School Meals or have been at any point in the last 6 years
- If they are a Looked After Child (in the care of the Local Authority)
- If they have previously been a Looked After Child and are now adopted from care or are under a Special Guardianship Order or a Child Arrangements Order or a Residence Order
- If they have a parent in the military or has been in the military over the past 5 years or are in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
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 tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspector focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
- The reports for parents that schools have to publish online
How schools present the information in their online statement is a matter for each school. There is certain information that must be in the report:
- The school pupil premium allocation in respect of the current academic year;
- A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school;
- How the pupil premium will be used to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach;
- How the impact of the pupil premium will be meaaured;
- The date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy;
- Details of how school intends to spend the funding, including reasons and evidence;
- Details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent,
- The impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.
The Pupil Premium Champion is Mrs Janine Grills
The Pupil Premium Governor is Mrs Joanne Fairbrother
The document below is our 'Pupil Premium Strategy Statement / Document, Review and Action Plan' for 2019 / 20. This document addresses all of the points about showing exactly how the Pupil Premium Grant is being used at All Saints and what impact it is having.