What is the Pupil Premium?
The ‘Pupil Premium’ is a grant given to schools for each child who currently claims Free School Meals (FSM) or who has done so in the past six years. It is really important that all parents/carers of children eligible to do so register for free school meals, even if they don’t choose to have them, as the grant enables us to provide extra resources for our disadvantaged pupils.
Research has shown that children who have been on or are on Free School Meals do not attain as highly as other children in school. The government provides this grant so that we can commission and allocate additional support to ensure that they do. The support can be in a short burst or over a longer period of time such as a term, two terms, a year or more. It may take the form of 1 – 1 or small group teaching but it must always be firmly rooted in evidence-based research/impact. It can be additional resources, enrichment or access to opportunities that enhance the learning experience or foster aspiration.