What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to help support pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6’). The funding is used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and to raise the standard of achievement for pupils who are, or who have ever been, registered as eligible for Free School Meals. Currently, primary schools receive £1,455 per pupil, per year.
A Service Pupil Premium is allocated for children whose parents are in the armed forces. This funding is specifically aimed at providing pastoral support ensuring the social and emotional well being. Each school receives £335 per pupil, per year for this.
In addition, children who are adopted or on a special guardianship receive extra funding called Pupil Premium Plus. This attracts a higher rate of £2530 per year, per child and this funding is used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers and whilst also ensuring the social and emotional well being.
At The Oaks, we believe that the highest possible standards can only be achieved by having ambitious expectations of all learners. Some pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds require additional support; therefore, we use all the resources available to help them reach their full potential, including the Pupil Premium allocation. All schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
The was created to provide funding for three key areas:
- Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers.
- Providing funding for LAC (Looked After Children) and previously LAC
- Supporting pupils with parents in the armed forces.