What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), or who have claimed free school meals in the last six years. It is also available for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The main aims of pupil premium are to:
• Increase social mobility
• Enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best education
• Reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils
• The level of the premium in 2020-2021 is £1,345 per pupil for pupils eligible for FSM and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months.
• This amounts to the following:
• £108,255 in 2020-2021
• £98,320 in 2019-2020
• £88,100 in 2018-2019
• £106,920 in 2017-201
Main Barriers to Educational Achievement faced by Eligible Pupils
Briefly and in no particular order some of our children entitled to Pupil Premium may encounter the following barriers:
• Poor attendance and/or late arrival at school
• Poor wellbeing, confidence and engagement
• Passive attitude to learning
• Low literacy and numeracy skills
• Difficult family breakdowns and ongoing family turmoil
• Lack of resources at home to extend learning
• Lack of opportunities to access clubs/ experiences out of school
• Poor parental involvement
• Parental mental health issues, other ill health issues
• Limited speech and language on entry to school
• Of course some of the children do not experience any of the above barriers
What are we using the Pupil Premium Funding for?