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 Free School Meals 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. The level of premium for 2014-2015 is £1300 per pupil. From April 2014 children who are looked after will attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families - the ‘Pupil Premium Plus’, which will be £1,900 per pupil for 2014-15. This is to reflect the unique challenges they face at school where they often struggle to keep up with their peers at both primary and secondary level.
Schools have the freedom to spend Pupil Premium funding, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for pupils. The Sutton Trust (see link below) have researched ways to utilise this funding, highlighting aspects which will have the greatest benefit to learning. Our Senior Leadership Team have evaluated the report to identify useful strategies to improve outcomes for our pupils