What is pupil premium funding?
The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1st April. PPG provides funding for two policies:
- Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
- Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
Pupil Premium provides funding for pupils in the following categories:
- Who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) since the age of four in year groups reception to Year Six (£1320)
- Who have been continuously looked after for the past six months (£2,300 per child)
- Who are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (post LAC) £2,300 per child.
- Those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or were eligible for funding in the last four years (Ever 4 service child) £300
All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. At St. Joseph and St. Bede we are committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ between vulnerable pupils and the pupil premium forms a vital part of that process.
The governors reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.
It is the responsibility of the governors to explain pupil premium expenditure to parents in the form of an annual strategy statement. There is no set format for the report of pupil premium. St. Joseph and St. Bede will publish details of a report online annually. This report aims to detail information on how Pupil Premium has been used within school. This report will detail the attainment and progress of pupils who are covered by the premium and the intervention that has been supported by the additional funding. Reports to Governors will also detail the progress made towards closing the gap and this will be supported by reported data and academic progress. Regular updates will be presented to the Governing Body of our school.
The school is allocated additional funding for those pupils in receipt of free school meals which is referred to as Pupil Premium.