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.
Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for:
- Children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (commonly known as the ‘Ever 6’ rule)
- Children who are looked after i.e. they are in Local Authority Care
- Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
- Children recorded as an Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
The government awards this funding to help raise achievement for these children. National data shows that as a group, children in these groups have consistently lower educational achievement than those who are not in these groups. It is up to schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, but this funding should be used to support these children.
Use of the Pupil Premium at St Stephen's
At St Stephen's Primary School, we use the Pupil Premium to support individuals and groups of children who fall into the categories outlined above.
The school also use the pupil premium to support other individuals and groups of children who the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The academic progress of children eligible for the Pupil Premium is carefully monitored using an internal tracking system which informs decision making regarding appropriate interventions. Wider school experience such as attendance at clubs and opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities is also carefully monitored to ensure pupils at social disadvantage have a rich school experience.
Here is our Pupil Premium document.