Introduction to the Pupil Premium Grant
Pupil Premium funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools, with students on roll in January that were known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time, in the last six years. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying Academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students. Schools are encouraged to publicise the Pupil Premium to parents and carers, in order that the school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement, for students who are eligible for FSM.
Additionally, schools will receive the Pupil Premium for children in care (from the first day of care), referred to as ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC).
Schools will also continue to receive the Pupil Premium for children of parents serving in the armed forces, to address the emotional and social well-being of these students.
Objectives in Spending the Pupil Premium Grant
The objectives in spending the Pupil Premium Grant are:
- To raise literacy and numeracy levels;
- To provide additional intervention programmes which increase students’ access to the curriculum;
- To provide the opportunity for students to raise their literacy and numeracy skills and consequently, narrow the gap in attainment;
- To provide strategies which raise vulnerable students’ confidence and self-belief, enabling them to become confident learners and a valued part of the Academy community;
- To ensure all vulnerable students are able to achieve a positive Academy experience, in the same manner as more advantaged students.