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 and 7.9% of our school population in 2016-17. Although this is a substantial rise in 5 years, we are still well below the national average. We had 23 children in 2016-17 who had parents in the Armed Forces (or had been in the Armed Forces in the last 5 years), 20% of our school population. In 2016-17 financial year our total Pupil Premium allocation was £27,780.
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 fund an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who 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 6 weeks. The next review will take place just before Easter (data gathering) and formally alongside the Improvement Committee after Easter 2017.