In 2011-12 the Government launched it's Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. The school is held accountable through:
The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantages pupils compared with their peers.
The new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
Transparency for parents as published online.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who recieves free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
What does this mean to Budbrooke Primary School?
At Budbrooke Primary School we support all of our pupils. We do this by providing high quality teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and the Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.
This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.