The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches those students who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who are currently on FSM and those who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM).
Schools also receive funding for students who:
- are currently looked after
- have been looked after
- are adopted from Care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002
- have left care under a special guardianship or residence order
- are children of service personnel
The Government believes that Principals and school leaders should decide how to use Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for their decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged students compared to their peers
- the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of all student groups, in particular those students attracting Pupil Premium funding
- the new reports for parents that all schools have to publish online.
A copy of how LDE UTC intends plan to spend Pupil Premium Funding can be seen in the document below.