The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. It is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the children of armed service personnel.
The Pupil Premium was initially introduced in April 2011 when schools received an additional £488 for each of their pupils eligible for free school meals. The level of the premium for 2015 has increased and is currently £935 per pupil for pupils who are either eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been eligible in the past 6 years. For ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC) the level of Pupil Premium funding from 2015 is £1,900 and for services children is £300.
Schools are accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from lower income families, “since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DFE 2012)
The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in our school mission, embracing the teaching of Christ, allowing every individual the opportunity to excel academically and socially within a spiritually enhancing and caring community. The Catholic ethos is firmly grounded in core biblical principles of service, compassion, justice and respect for all, where every pupil is valued as an individual.