What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that have been in care for more than six months or children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The Government currently allocates £1320 per child that qualifies.
Why has it been introduced?
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. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
Pupil Premium for Early Years children will be allocated in the same way as Pupil Premium but at a reduced amount of £300 per child, until the term after the child turns 5, when they will receive the full £1320. We plan to use this funding to provide additional 1-2-1 learning resource as well as purchasing educational resources, in line with the new Foundation Stage Curriculum.