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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings or have been in receipt of FSM at some time in the last 6 years and children who have been looked after.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on January school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children looked after data returns (SSDA903).
We are very proud that the achievement of our pupil premium pupils was noted by the Mayor of London and as a consequence the School was invited to become one of the Mayor of London's Gold Schools.
Total amount allocated to the school for each academic year:
2014 - 2015 £84,500
2015 - 2016 £89,374
How is the money being spent this academic year?
The appointment of a fully qualified teacher to work with individuals and groups of children who meet the pupil premium criteria in addition to deputy head and other teaching time by support teachers (£60,000)
TA support in key stage 1 and key stage 2; speech and language support (£24,374)
Extra curricular and enrichment activities (£5,000)
Expenditure and education attainment
2015 - 2016
Pupil Premium spending: £89,374
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