Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
- generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
- often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to pupils in school year groups from Reception to Year 6 (and on through secondary school to Year 11) from low income families who are registered for FSM (Free School Meals), or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’), together with children that have been in care continuously for 6 months or more, or are children of Service parents.
Nationally, the statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of FSM achieved less well than their peers in external exams. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Funding – Financial year 2020-2021
In the 2020-21 financial year, schools received the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years: £1345 for pupils in reception year to year 6. The new rate of £1345 per eligible pupil started in April 2020. The previous rate was £1320 per pupil, which had not changed since the financial year 2015-2016.
For any pupil defined as a looked after child (LAC) or a previously looked after child, a school receives £2345 . A looked after child as defined in the Children Act 1989 is one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority. A previously looked after child has ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England or Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order. The new rate of £2345 per eligible pupil started in April 2020; the previous rate being £2300 per pupil.
Ofsted’s school inspection reports on the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils who attract the pupil premium. Every school also has a duty to publish details of how the school spends its pupil premium funding and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.
The Department for Education’s performance tables detail the achievement of those pupils entitled to FSM and the Pupil Premium Grant(s). Individual pupils will never be identified through published information, this will only relate to groups of pupils, and in small schools numbers may not be published.
This information can be viewed on the School Performance page.
Our governing body have produced an annual report that reviews how the pupil premium funding was spent in 2018-19 and projects expenditure of the 2019-20 budget:
Free School Meals
Parents can apply for free school meals online – please follow this link:
If you would like a paper copy of any of this information, please ask at the School Office.