Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and looked after children and their peers, by ensuring that the funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the children who most need it.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who are looked after and children of service personnel.
The government believes that Head Teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
The report should include the school’s Pupil Premium allocation in respect of the current academic year; details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent; details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent and the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school.
Darrick Wood School recognises that all pupils should be supported to achieve to the best of their ability and that Pupil Premium funding should be used to overcome any barriers to learning that an individual pupil may face.
Darrick Wood seeks to achieve the following goals through Pupil Premium funding:
The Pupil Premium funding is used in an integrated way to ensure that entitled children receive the opportunity for additional support. The aim is to close the disadvantage gap by raising the attainment of those pupils from low-income families and, indirectly, other pupils too.
The “catch up premium” is paid to secondary schools for each pupil in Year 7 who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of KS2 – the funding is £500 per pupil. The money is to be used by schools to support pupils to improve their literacy and numeracy. Schools can choose to use the funding in the way that is most suitable to meet the needs of their pupils.
At Darrick Wood School the catch up premium is used in the following ways: