What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to the most disadvantaged children in order to close the attainment gap. The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children and other pupils. Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are eligible for FSM in the last 6 years)
- Looked after children
- Children of Service personnel
Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11. The proportion of children eligible at Nelson Primary is currently 12%
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The Government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievement of pupils.
Nelson Primary School is committed to ensuring the progress, achievement and well-being of all our children. We recognise the need for measures to be taken to close the gap, in achievement and experience, which is evident nationally between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more privileged children. The Pupil Premium Grant allows us to provide additional resources and opportunities with the intention of eradicating this gap, thus ensuring that all of our children are supported to fulfil their potential.
At Nelson, we expect all those children in receipt of Pupil Premium to:
- make at least expected progress academically in relation to their targets
- reach an acceptable level of attendance and lateness
- be able to cope with the social, emotional and behavioural expectations at school
The income from the Pupil Premium grant is used in a variety of ways to improve outcomes for eligible children: staffing, resources, staff training, uniform, access to extra-curricular activities and after-school care.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order