What is Pupil Premium? Pupil Premium Funding is allocated by the Government to support the learning and development of pupils who are registered as eligible for free school meals over the past 6 years (Ever6), Looked after children, for pupils whose parents are serving in the Armed Forces and pupils living with adoptive parents or are privately fostered.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results. Attainment statistics published in January 2014 show that in 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals got 5 GCSEs, including English and mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify.
We believe it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances. We intend to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. DfE Policy: ‘Raising the Achievement of Disadvantaged Children.’ April 2013 (updated March 2014).
In the 2015-2016 financial year, the school will receive approximately £1,300 per eligible pupil. The large proportion of this will be used to employ teaching assistants whose role will be to support learning where ongoing assessment identifies gaps in learning. A small proportion will be used to support Free School Meals pupils to go on educational visits where parents will be offered a third off the cost of the trip.