What is Pupil Premium funding?
•The Pupil Premium is a form of funding, in addition to main school funding, to address the current underlying inequalities between those children eligible for free school meals (FSM), forces children, looked after children and adopted children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
•The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and it is for schools to decide how the funding will be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The funding is allocated to schools per individual pupil. In 2015 – 2016 school received £10,940 for Pupil Premium children. In 2016 – 2017 the funding for each pupil eligible for FSM in the last 6 years will be £1,320. The school will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of one of the following:
• a special guardianship order
• a child arrangement order
• a residential order
In 2016/17 the approximate funding is £13,460
•Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support disadvantaged pupils.
•New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
•Since September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
•We endeavour to close any achievement gap by ensuring that any pupils at risk of underachieving are identified early and support and interventions are provided for individual pupils. As a school we are committed to personalising provision to ensure all pupils make at least good progress in their learning. We believe that all pupils should attain the expected standard before transferring to secondary school.
For details of how the Pupil Premium is spent at Lothersdale School please see the documents attached below: