What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium provided by The Department for Education is an additional sum of money that is allocated to schools to support the learning of vulnerable groups of children. It is aimed specifically at supporting children who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), children looked after by the local authority and children of armed forces personnel. The intention of these funds is to increase progress and raise attainment. 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.
- The Pupil Premium Grant was increased in April 2020 from £1,345 to £1,385 for each pupil eligible
- Pupil Premium Plus funding for pupils who are ‘cared for’ or were ‘previously cared for’ was increased in April 2020 from £2,345 to £2,410.
- The new service premium rate was increased in April 2020 from £310 to £320. (Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.)
The funding is intended to ‘diminish the difference’ between the attainment of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium funding and those who are not. The DfE recommends that the Pupil Premium Plus funding is used to address pupils’ social and emotional needs as well as raising their attainment.
Mrs Karen McCurdy is the governor with responsibility for monitoring the use of the Pupil Premium Grant.
If you think your child might be eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office for further information or follow the link below.
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