What is pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding, in addition to main school funding, which schools receive according to the number of children in specific groups. Government research shows that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. This funding is aimed to narrow this gap of attainment.
Which children are eligible for funding?
Schools receive funding for:
- Children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (£1320 per pupil per school year)
- Children who are looked after (they are in Local Authority Care) (£2300 per pupil per school year)
- Children adopted from care and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (£2300 per pupil per school year)
- Children recorded as being from a ‘service family’ (£300 per pupil per year)
How should the money be spent?
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. Eligible pupils should benefit from this funding, however funding does not have to be spent so that these children are the sole beneficiaries. Schools have the right to spend pupil premium funding on any child they have legitimately identified as socially disadvantaged. In many cases of spending all pupils will be beneficiaries due to the funding of extra staff training, improved resources etc.
What follows are details of how pupil premium funding is allocated at Bealings School.
For further information about the funding in more general terms, please visit the following government website: