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’). The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage, reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. The school leadership team is held accountable for the decisions made on the utilisation of the pupil premium and are required to publish a Pupil Premium Strategy on the school website for the current academic year detailing how much funding was received, how it was utilised, how the school intends to utilise the current allocation and the impact that this funding stream has had on the pupils.
Catherine Kimmins, Chair of Governors