The Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals. It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers must have applied and be entitled if they wanted one.
It also includes:
First introduced in April 2011, the level of the premium in 2011-12 was £488 per pupil; it increased to £600 per pupil in 2012-13 and £1300 per pupil in 2014/2015. This amount increased to £1320 in the 2015/2016 academic year. Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:
This money is for schools to decide how to use but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds.
This is one of the government’s education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
At Sharp Lane Primary we want to close the gap so all children achieve and prosper, regardless of eligibility for FSM.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.