The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is given to schools to help them work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive money for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. The Pupil Premium report is produced annually and details how we are spending this money on a year-by-year basis.
Headteachers and school leaders are allowed to decide how to use the Pupil Premium.
They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the reports for parents that schools now have to publish online and which, for our school, is downloadable below
The Pupil Premium is generally paid direct to schools, and it is the schools who decide how to use the funding. In some cases, for pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings the Local Authority decides how to allocate the Pupil Premium.