“The Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.”
The Government’s current measure of disadvantage is any child who is or has been eligible to Free School Meals in the past six years. Evidence suggests that the average performance of disadvantaged children is below that of non-disadvantaged children and that progress is slower. The Pupil Premium, introduced in April 2011, seeks to address these inequalities by providing schools with additional funding to both raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with other pupils.
The school received Pupil Premium totalling £206,580 for 2018-19, based upon Census figures collected in October 2018. This funding related to 157 eligible children amongst a statutory school age population of 398; in other words 39%. This is much higher than the national average.
Below is a table showing the performance of disadvantaged children at our school, compared to their peers both within the school, locally and nationally. Their performance in all areas is above local and national averages for disadvantaged children and in many areas is also above the local and national averages for non-disadvantaged pupils. There is clearly still an attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers and our pupil premium funded projects aim to continue to diminish these differences.