What is the Pupil Premium and who is eligible?
The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding and is to provide support specific to groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years. The grant was £623 per pupil in 2012-13 and has risen to £900 per pupil for 2012-13. Funding is now at £1,300 per pupil
What are the aims for the Pupil Premium?
Nationally there is a gap in the attainment between children who are eligible for Free School Meals and their peers. The main purpose of the pupil premium is to close this gap by raising the achievement and aspirations of this group of children. The pupil premium is intended to help schools to provide targeted support to improve the life chances of these children so that they can reach their full potential. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
How is the pupil premium used at Flitwick Lower School?
•To ensure teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils
•To raise attainment of FSM pupils in reading, writing and maths by accelerating progress to at least in line with national expectations.
•To provide emotional and social support to children
•To rigorously track the progress of pupils who belong to vulnerable groups and ensure appropriate provision is in place that prioritises the needs of classes, groups and individuals.
In 2016/17, 25 children (11%) are eligible for Free School Meals. Our school will be allocated £36,800 for the academic year 2016-17.