“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 £262,680 for 2017-18, based upon Census figures collected in October 2016. This funding related to 199 eligible children amongst a statutory school age population of 406; in other words 49%. This is much higher than the national average. Please see the school’s Pupil Premium Statement for 2017-18 for more detail regarding specific projects.
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.