Governors and all members of staff accept responsibility for vulnerable pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. This is an essential, integral part of the development of the whole school community.
The pupil premium is a new Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds, as research shows they may need additional support to achieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals (FSM). This fixed amount of money will increase every year of the course of this current Parliament.
The criteria for Pupil Premium is in three categories of eligibility:
► The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream setting.
► The Pupil Premium for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months (Looked After Children).
► A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years
The Government are not dictating how schools should spend the pupil premium.
Pupil Premium Policy
Pupil Premium Strategy
Pupil Premium Historical data
'Schools will have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.’