Pupil PremiumAlderman Pounder Infant and Nursery School is committed to equality of opportunity for all pupils, regardless of socio-economic background. We strive to help all pupils reach their full potential and the pupil premium grant helps us to do this by awarding the school additional funding which can be used in a variety of ways, as decided upon by the school leadership. Below is an explanation taken from the Department for Education website (link) which gives more detail and a report from our Head Teacher about how the grant has been used. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
PurposeThe Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
AccountabilityThe Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online
FundingIn most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings the local authority decides how to allocate the Pupil Premium. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used. Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.