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. The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
This year, our school has been allocated £31,700 under the Pupil Premium initiative. The funding is being used in the following ways:
Last year we were allocated £11,180. This was used to purchase intervention programmes such as ‘Read, Write Inc – Fresh Start’ and employing a Learning Mentor. It also funded breakfast clubs for Y6 in the lead up to their SAT tests.
In terms of outcomes, the 2012 Key Stage 2 results can be used to compare the outcomes for these children. 78% of children eligible for the Pupil Premium achieved Level 4 or above in both English and Mathematics. In comparison, 67% of the children not eligible for the Pupil Premium achieved Level 4 or above in both English and