What is the Pupil Premium?
The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2019. PPG provides funding for raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
Pupil premium provides funding for pupils in the following categories:
· Who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (£935 per child)
· Who have been continuously looked after for the past six months (£1,900 per child)
· Who are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (Post LAC) (£2,300 per child)
· Service Pupil Premium – Those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or were eligible for funding in the last 4 years (Ever 4 Service Child) (£300)
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely by the DFE with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Nationally, students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two-thirds of their fellow students.