‘The Government believes that the 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it
most.’ (DFE 2012).
Schools are given additional funding for every student on their roll who is:
- a Looked After Child OR
- is currently able to claim Free School Meals OR
- has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
This additional funding has been allocated to every school due to national figures which show that this group
does not achieve as well as their peers. The funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.
How must this money be used?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. There is no requirement for this money to be
spent on individual students simply because they fall into this category. It is expected, however, that the
funding will be used to support, as necessary, students in this group and other lower-income families so that
this group makes the same progress as their peers
Please see the report here for further information about the plans for spending and a review of last year and
a more detailed plan can be found here.
We will next review the effectiveness of our spending of pupil premium in December 2021.