Use of the Pupil Premium Income in 2017/18
The government introduced Pupil Premium in 2011. The aim was to provide schools with additional funding for those children classed as having deprived backgrounds and also those children who have been looked after by the Local Authority for longer than 1 day, adopted, under a special guardianship/care or residence order. In addition, a service premium was introduced for children whose parents are, or have since 2011, served in the armed forces. This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. It is allocated to schools, based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as any child who is known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. It also includes children who have been looked after continuously for more than one day; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
The following sums of money are allocated as follows and are correct for 2017-2018;
Pupil Premium for children from deprived backgrounds: £1320 per pupil
Looked After Children – Pupil Premium Plus: £1900
Service Premium (for children with parent/s in the forces since 2011): £300
These amounts are subject to government change year on year. Although the ‘Pupil Premium Plus’ is a total of £1900, the Local Authority reserve £600 into its budget. This is to ensure there is a reserve of budget for support for specific information when the allocate premium in schools has been used. These sums of money are reviewed annually by the government.
Schools are free to determine themselves how they spend this funding but are obliged to provide parents with information about how the money is being spent.
We work hard to ensure that the maximum number of pupils benefit from this funding and strive to reduce the gap between pupil premium children’s progress and those from other backgrounds.
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18
- Pupil Premium Policy 2017
- PP Strategy Statement Nov 2016
- Pupil Premium – Strategy Statement Evaluation Nov 2016
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding.
This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.