The pupil premium grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It is a school-level grant that gives schools extra resources to help them meet challenges, including those arising from deprivation.
It is allocated for schools to:
- improve the academic outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
- close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers across the country
As a school, we decide on how to use the pupil premium to improve disadvantaged pupils’ academic attainment. There is a growing body of evidence on how schools can best help disadvantaged pupils make progress. The needs of all pupils are assessed and the grant used to make maximum impact in the school. Pupil needs will differ and will cost differing amounts to address.
There is no expectation that schools should spend the grant only on eligible pupils, or on a per eligible pupil basis.
When taking decisions on how to spend the grant we consider evidence on what will have the most impact for our pupils.
Some of the spending will be on whole school strategies such as:
- Supporting training and continuous development to improve the quality of all teaching, which have the potential to impact positively on all pupils.
- Targeting support for disadvantaged pupils through evidence-based interventions
- Supporting whole-school strategies to improve attendance, behaviour and readiness to learn
Funding for 2018 to 2019
In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
£1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:
identified as having left local authority care as a result of: adoption, special guardianship order, child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order
who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)
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