Schools receive a payment, or Pupil Premium, for each child who is registered for free school meals and those who have been in continuous care for six months or more. The Government believe that the Pupil Premium funding is an effective way to ensure disadvantaged pupils benefit from the same educational opportunities as pupils from wealthier families. This year the funding is set at £935. From April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.
“Schools, Headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. It is for schools 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.”
As from September 2012, Schools and Academies are expected to publish information about how the Pupil Premium Grant has been allocated. This page outlines how Sir Robert Pattinson Academy will implement this requirement to ensure parents are informed of the progress and attainment of pupils entitled to the premium.
There is a growing evidence base on what works and how best to use the funds to support students. If you want to learn more, some of the research that we have used is included here: