What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is an additional funding stream provided to schools by the current Government, who wish to close the educational attainment gap we have nationally, between children who are eligible for Free School and those who are not. The national statistics show that children who are eligible for FSMs attain lower scores on tests and assessments.
We do have some children who fit this target group and more resources to support their progress are always welcomed. Of course this is a generalised assumption and we do have examples of children at Wroot that have achieved high levels whilst still being eligible for FSMs – this funding allows us to challenge them further.
Pupil Premium Grant is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been 'Looked After' (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years. (Ever 6)
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Therefore each child who is eligible for this funding will have a ‘Pupil Pen Portrait,’ to target the area(s) of attainment to focus on. Schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils.
Please see our Pupil Premium Information’ document regarding how the pupil premium was spent last year, the impact of this funding, and our plans for this year's spending.