'Pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium make similar good progress to that of their classmates. The attainment gap is closing this year, and more eligible pupils are reaching similar standards to their classmates. This is because the additional funding is used well to support them individually and in small groups.'
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.
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 have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
We have identified how best to use this income to address inequalities, raise attainment and support these children. This money has been allocated in the following ways;
- Targeted support within the class setting.
- The provision of ‘one to one tuition’ and smaller groups in maths and literacy.
- Extended school support, for example, to provide Breakfast and After School Club places, residential visits, subsidised educational visits, music tuition, opportunities to increase social skills, all of which will raise self-esteem and confidence and to ensure access to curriculum enrichment.
- Enrichment opportunities.
For further information please visit http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium