Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
Eligibility and funding
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have from the following groups. All funding rates are set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and for 2020-21 they are:
· Free school meals – Schools get £955 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
· Looked-after and previously looked-after children – Schools get £2345 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
· Service premium – The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different. Schools get £310 for every pupil with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence. This funding is to help with pastoral support.
Use of the pupil premium
It is up to each school to decide on how to spend the pupil premium. At Priestnall we fully understand that our disadvantaged pupils are not a homogenous group and we work hard to understand the needs and barriers faced by each individual. We regularly review how we allocate our funding and base our decisions on evidence-based research and best practice. We focus on three main areas as recommended by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF):
· The quality of teaching
· Targeted support
· Wider school initiatives
We believe that no limits should be set on what a pupil can achieve because of their circumstances and within these three areas we provide a substantial range of support and access to additional opportunities. The impact of our strategy is regularly checked by a senior leader who has responsibility for the pupil premium, and a named school governor.
If you feel that your child is eligible for the pupil premium but do not currently claim for Free School Meals, please click here for the application process.