Pupil Premium is an additional sum of money paid to all schools in order to tackle educational disadvantage resulting from low income or family circumstance. The amount is calculated on the number of students on roll who are currently eligible for free school meals or have been eligible within the last six years (Ever 6), and children looked after in local authority care. It allows us to address inequality and provide for the students who need it most. The government allows schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since we are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students in this setting.
The figure, per student, for the year was £935 for students who have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years and £1900 for children looked after in local authority care. In addition, students who have been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and those who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order also attract a premium of £1,900. Finally, students whose parents are in military service attract a premium of £300.
In choosing how to spend the Pupil Premium grant, we take account of current ongoing research such as that provided by the Education Endowment Fund in order to maximise the impact that we have on pupil progress.