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 the funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium Grant 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.
The Pupil Premium for is allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll in January that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years. Each of these pupils attracts £1,320. For pupils who are in the care of a Local Authority, the grant is £1900. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school's budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. The Service Premium level of funding for 2016-17 is £300 per pupil.
Pupil Premium will continue to be provided for children in care who have been looked after continuously for at least six months. Pupil Premium provision will also continue to be provided for children of parents in the armed services. These children often face particular challenges.
Much research has analysed the key factors that affect pupil’s performance at school. National statistics suggest that there is a strong correlation between those pupils who fall within the above-mentioned categories and underachievement when compared with their peers.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to provide schools with additional financial support to be used with the aim of closing the achievement gap.
At Turlin Moor Community School, the money is used strategically to benefit the learning of many groups of pupils, including those children who fall within the specific groups mentioned above. We use the grant in a variety of ways to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning.
The document below outlines our key priorities and how we plan to spend this grant in this academic year.
If parents wish to obtain a paper copy of the Pupil Premium Strategy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the School Office on 01202 685459