The Pupil Premium Grant 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. It 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, Looked after Children, children adopted from care and Service Forces children. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are held accountable as to how they have used these additional funds to support pupils entitled to this premium and are also required to publish this information online. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by Pupil Premium funding and the extra support that they receive. As a school we recognise that not all students who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged or underachieving. We also recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore will endeavour to always try to provide additional support for any child that faces tangible barriers to learning.