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 schools and is clearly identifiable. Each school is able 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.
From September 2012, schools are 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.
Pupil Premium 2014/15
Pupil Premium 2013/14
Pupil Premium 2012/13
Year 7 Catch Up Premium
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding, including:
- maintained schools
- free schools
- maintained special schools
- special academies
- special free schools
- pupil referral units (PRUs)
- alternative provision (AP) academies
- AP free schools
Schools will receive an additional £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of KS2. Here are details of how this money was spent at Ark Helenswood Academy.