Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to support the education of children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children in Local Authority care.
This is based on research showing that children from low-income families do not perform as well as their peers. Children who are entitled to pupil premium often face challenges such as limited language and communication skills, lack of educational opportunities and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
The aims of this funding are to:
- Address inequalities
- Address disadvantage
- Reach those pupils who need it most
- Reduce the attainment gap and enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue further education
The Pupil Premium in 2023 - 24 is £1035 per pupil eligible for FSM and £335 for each service child. £2,530 is paid towards any child who is Looked After or Post-Looked After. Looked After Children are children in the care of the Council, through a Care Order made by a court or voluntary agreement with their parent(s) to accommodate them. They may be looked after in a children’s home, by foster carers, or other family members. All unaccompanied asylum seeking children are also Looked After Children.