Pupil Premium funding is an additional grant given to schools for the specific purpose of raising attainment and achievement of pupils from low income families who are eligible for free school meals, and also children who have been looked after for a period of six months or more.
The first allocation of £488.00 per pupil was allocated in April 2011.
Schools have been advised that the funding can be used for such items as: after school activities; private tuition; extra curricula support; school trips; confidence/capacity building activities; equipment to support learning; or any item or service that supports the young person’s education.
Although schools are encouraged to consult with external agencies, where ever possible, the ultimate decision on how the funding is utilised is the responsibility of the headteacher, governing body and staff of the school. However, schools are accountable for how the funding is spent. On the 1st Sept 2012, The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations came into force and requires that the following information on Pupil Premium be published on a website by the governing body:
- The amount of the school’s allocation from the Pupil Premium grant in respect of the current academic year
- Details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent
- Details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent
- The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school in respect of whom grant funding was allocated