Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. In 2016-17, 25% of all children in schools were eligible for the Pupil Premium (Free School Meal element of the funding) with a total of £1,460,541,060 being allocated to children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals. Looked after children (those in foster care or care home provision) and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces are also eligible for an element of Pupil Premium funding.
We have a relatively low number of low-income families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM); only 1.7% in 2011-12 when the funding was initially given. This rose to 7.9% of our school population in 2016-17 and in 2017-18, it applies to a lesser number of children – just 4% of our school population.
In addition to pupil premium money for disadvantaged families, we also have 15 service children on roll in 2019-20 who had parents in the Armed Forces (or had been in the Armed Forces in the last 5 years), 11% of our school population and this has remained roughly the same (give or take for transition in and out) throughout the year thus far.
Due to the turbulence factor faced by children of serving forces families, we have used our pupil premium service children element of the money to partially fund our THRIVE practitioner’s time; she can help numerous children with any personal, social and emotional issues as well as ease transition into and out of school before and after postings. She is also deployed to meet the needs of children from some of our FSM children.
It is vital that you check whether your child is entitled to pupil premium money. This provides an extra income for the school which we are directly accountable for in how it affects the outcomes for your child.
We review the impact of our Pupil Premium spend with Governors every term. The next review will take place in late February 2021 once we have all children back in following COVID-19 restrictions to schooling.