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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
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. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools are also required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The level of the premium in 2016-17 is £1,320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months and those that are now adopted the premium in 2016-17 is £1,900.
Barriers to educational achievement
We have identified that children at Petts Hill for whom we receive the pupil premium grant may experience some of the following barriers to learning:
- Poor attendance
- Lack of access to computers and books
- Speech and language issues
- Limited vocabulary
- Limited access to extra-curricular activities due to economic circumstances
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