Pupil premium funding is additional funding awarded to schools to help them to tackle academic issues relating to disadvantage; in terms of financial pressures or instability. The grant is based primarily on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals at the January census, but also encompasses children in care or from forces families.
The funding is allocated to initiatives which remove barriers to learning with the aim of ensuring that pupils reach their full potential both academically and socially. It is not intended as a fund to support specific individuals, although in a small school it is more likely that individuals may benefit more directly. We have a general policy to support the identification of appropriate spending.
Funding is received in June, and is retrospective, reflecting the cohort of eligible pupils in the previous academic year. The school typically spends the allocation over the following academic year but is able to carry funds forward into the next academic year for strategic purposes.
The Strategy and Impact Review for the past academic year details how funds were allocated last year, and planned spending for this year.
MEASURING THE IMPACT
The school will evaluate the impact of the funding through:
- Pupil progress in core subjects using internal, national FFT Aspire data relating to these pupils
- Pupil’s self-confidence and emotional development
The impact will be monitored through:
- The school’s tracking system
- Pupil progress meetings
- The school’s monitoring programme including lesson observations
- Parent consultations
- Discussion with pupils/pupil questionnaires
'Schools, headteachers and teachers decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.'
Source: DFE website