The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be “Ever 6”, this is any child who is, or has, been eligible for FSM over the past six years; in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings.
There are also two other forms of Pupil Premium that schools receive; one being Service Pupil Premium (SPP) to support the unique challenges pupils’ face who have parents in the armed forces. The other being Pupil Premium (LAC) for Looked After Children, or those who have left local authority care due to either adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a resident order. Virtual School Heads within the local authority are responsible for management of the Pupil Premium LAC and it is recorded within pupils’ Personal Education Plans where the funding has been spent.
This report focuses on the Pupil Premium received under the FSM eligibility.
Schools have been asked to report by academic year as this is more meaningful for parents. Whilst the grant allocation is made on the basis of financial years, schools both plan teaching and other support and conduct assessments over the academic year.
Our pupil premium grant allocation for 2021-2022 is £263,620.
We aim to ensure we spend our additional Pupil Premium Grant on things that work and are effective in making a positive difference to our disadvantaged children, helping to combat their many barriers to learning and close any gaps in achievement so they do just as well as the other children. We regularly measure the impact or effect of our Pupil Premium strategies and initiatives using a range of methods.
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