The Pupil Premium is additional funding from the government, given to schools to help close the attainment gap between children from low income families and other disadvantaged families and their peers.
Nationally, the total Pupil Premium funding is set to increase from £625 million to £1.25 billion in 2012–13. It will rise again in 2014–15 to £2.5 billion. In 2014-15, the Pupil Premium will be allocated as:
- £935 per child eligible for Free School Meals and per child identified as ‘Ever in receipt of Free School Meals’ (in the last six years)
- From April 2014, children in care will attract £1,900 additional funding per pupil. In addition, children will become eligible for funding from the first day of care; currently children have to be in care for six months before they attract funding.For the first time, children adopted from care and those who leave care under a special guardianship order or residence order will also attract the pupil premium plus
- £300 per child of a service family
- Up to £50 million to enable FSM, 'Ever6 FSM' or looked after children to participate in the 'Transition Summer School Programme' (The 'Transition Summer School Programme' funds two-week long summer schools, set up and run by secondary schools, to help disadvantaged children make the transition to secondary school).
All schools are able to spend the Pupil Premium funding how they wish, providing that it is being used to help reduce the attainment gap between all pupils and those who are deemed to be disadvantaged. Nationally, some examples of how the funding has been used include:
- Employing teaching assistants
- Focused support for small groups or one to one tuition
- Subsidising uniform or educational trips
- Supporting enriched curriculum opportunities
Poltair School received £260,305 of Pupil Premium funding for the academic year 2014-15. We received this money in addition to our main school funding.
The link below is the school’s report on how the Pupil Premium funding was allocated in the academic year 2015-16 and the plans for spending for the current academic year.