The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve expected levels of attainment in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
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Pupil Premium Spending at South Stoke Primary School
We currently have 2 children who have been identified as being entitled to pupil premium.
The school actively seeks to support parents and children with their pupil premium allocation and a more detailed list of how the funding is used is identified in individual pupil files.
Funding has been used in the following ways to ensure all children are able to access the full curriculum and after school activities which boost confidence and/or a sense of belonging.
Purchasing of school uniform
Purchase of clothing for off site trips or residential trips
Purchase of appropriate school shoes and/or coat
Purchase of PE kit
Funding for transport for off site activities ie: swimming, trips
Funding for off site activities or after school clubs ie: Science Club, gymnastics club
Purchase of resources to support learning ie: individual ICT programmes, pens/pencils etc