What is ‘Pupil Premium’?
Pupil Premium (PP) funding is an additional sum allocated to schools by the government in addition to the main school budget. It is awarded on the basis of the number of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) either currently or at any time in the past 6 years. The funding is seen as a way to address the learning of children identified as vulnerable to underachieving, to support initiatives to ensure that these pupils fulfill their full potential.
Looked After children also receive a premium. From 2012, Service children (those who have or had a parent from an Armed Forces background in the past 3 years) receive a smaller premium.
‘The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional
provision their pupils need.’ Department for Education website, July 2014
As you can see, schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium grant as they see fit. However we are held accountable for how we have used the funding and the impact this has had on the achievement and progress of identified pupils.
Locking Primary School is a two form entry school which provides education for children from 2 to 11 years old. The school aims to raise children’s aspirations and enable them to achieve their highest potential by providing:
The key objectives for pupil premium children are:
When planning Pupil Premium spending the school aims to ensure it closely matches the needs of our pupil premium children. These needs are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach so the school considers the range of needs and plans to address these. Regular reviews of impact ensure that provision changes to meet the needs of pupil premium children across the school.