The Pupil Premium is an additional sum of money which schools receive from the government in order to support the raising of attainment for pupils from low income homes. Funding is received based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals or have been in the past six years as well as those who are registered as ‘looked after children’.
Purpose of Pupil Premium (from the DfE Website)
- The Government believes that the 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.
- In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
- Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils.
At Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy, we use a large part of the funding to employ a teacher to specifically work with pupils who may not be meeting their personal targets and early morning intervention groups. We also use the funding to support the cost of educational visits including residential visits that are curriculum focused so that all children are able to access the opportunities provided by the school. The Head Teacher and Deputy Head share responsibility for planning the funding and seek advice and professional development as needed to maximise the impact of the funding.
In order to ensure that this money is impacting on our most vulnerable pupils, the progress and attainment of these pupils is tracked carefully. This is done through observations, work scrutiny and data analysis.
More detailed information about this funding for the past year’s allocation is included below: