In 2011 the Government launched Pupil Premium funding. The Pupil Premium is additional money for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish any differences between them and their peers. The ‘Pupil Premium funding’ is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).
From 2012, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
In addition to FSM the school will also receive pupil premium funding for any ‘Children Looked After’ (Children in Care) or for those children who are now adopted. The school will also receive 'Services' funding for any children with parents serving in the armed forces.
The funding is allocated to a range of initiatives aimed at supporting disadvantaged pupils, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children and to ensure that they reach their full potential in line with their peers and other pupils nationally.
Nature of Support that could be provided:
- Additional support; including class based or specific intervention work to accelerate progress of targeted groups or individuals.
- Learning Support to enable children to fully access learning and accelerate progress where there are speciﬁc barriers other than identiﬁed Special Educational Learning Needs.
- Pastoral work which undertakes work to raise self-esteem, extend their personal skill set, improve attendance and punctuality and support children to make appropriate choices in order to maximise learning opportunities.
- Out of Hours and curriculum enrichment to ensure that children are given opportunities to access the full curriculum, develop other talents in sport and creativity and also improve self conﬁdence and motivation for school.
All schools must publish a Pupil Premium Strategy document that outlines the approach to using the funding provided to diminish the differences between disadvantaged pupils, their peers and other pupils nationally. The strategy should set out the key aims, actions and intended impact of the pupil premium plan and associated funding for the year ahead.
Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that our school gets extra money?
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered for Free School Meals at Elmhurst we receive £1320 per annum.