Pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to:
- local-authority-maintained schools, including special schools, pupil referral units (PRUs), and voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP)
- special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS)
- academies and free schools, including special and AP academies Dormanstown Primary Academy receives the following funding:
- £1,320 for pupils in Reception to Year 6 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- £2,300 for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
- £300 for pupils in Reception to Year 6 recorded as a service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2,300 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to the school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
The DfE has given schools the freedom to use the Pupil Premium as they see fit, based upon knowledge of pupil needs.
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’
At Dormanstown Primary, we recognise that we are accountable for the use of this additional funding and have published a Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2018/19.