The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between identified groups of children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount of funding for children of service personnel. Headteachers are able to decide how best to spend pupil premium funding and in our school, this takes a variety of forms, including the provision of smaller groups for English and maths, provision of additional resources to aid learning and one to one sessions to target particular areas of learning or aspects of development. The Service Pupil Premium allocation that we receive, following recommendations from the DfE, is used to support the pastoral care of our service pupils.