What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The ‘Pupil Premium’ grant was introduced by the government to provide additional support for the children who are eligible for free school meals. This money is given to schools over and above their main funding and is seen as the mechanism for schools to address possible inequalities between eligible children and their peers. The Secretary of State for Education allocates the additional funding for two policies:
- raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
- supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
Schools decide how Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess the provision that is required for eligible children. At Andoversford School we support all of our children. We do this by providing high quality teaching, supplemented by interventions targeted to support vulnerable learners when required. The impact of Pupil Premium is monitored by the Leadership team and the Governing Body of the school.
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupils’ eligibility for this additional funding is currently based on them meeting at least one of the following criteria:
- Pupils who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals or who have been in receipt of Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6)
- Pupils who have at least one parent currently serving in the British Armed Forces
- Pupils who are Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority or who have been LAC in the past