Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to 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, in comparison to all other pupils. There are three categories of pupils who are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary School Education)
- Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
- 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 in a maintained school.
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Curently at Nanpean School, we have just over 25% of our children eligible for this, which is slightly above the National Average for schools. The Government feels that Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate, as they believe 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 those children in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been.
Academic Year 20-21
In the 2020 to 2021 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:
- £1,345 for pupils in reception year to year 6
Schools will also receive £310 for children of Service Personnel and £2,345 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 arrangements order
- a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,345 rate.
Children in Local Authority Care will also attract this rate.
Below are our Pupil Premium Funding statements for the last three years: