The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
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. The main purpose of the grant is to diminish the difference between Pupil Premium pupils and Non-Pupil Premium pupils.
The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2020.
PPG provides funding for two separate policies:
- raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
- supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
At St Ursula’s Catholic Primary School, we have high expectations and aspirations for all our pupils irrespective of their background, disability or circumstances. Our School vision of ‘We keep trying our best- we never give up’ is reflected in everything we stand for. We know that high quality teaching will improve the achievement and attainment of most vulnerable pupils and as a school, we invest heavily in this. We have used this Pupil Premium funding to support the teaching, learning, progress and wellbeing of our pupils’.