The Pupil Premium is a government grant given to schools, which is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. The Pupil Premium provides additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children adopted from care and the children of service personnel.
The DfE has given us the freedom to use the Pupil Premium as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our students’ needs. ‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM student, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.’
The Pingle Academy is committed to ensuring the Pupil Premium has an impact on closing the attainment gaps which currently exist between our disadvantaged students and their peers.