The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. 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 (FSM) at any point in the last six years. Funding is also provided for children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, recognising that they also need additional support to help them raise their educational achievement.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment of these groups of pupils. Pupil premium is targeted to improve outcomes for those who are eligible.
The number of learners at the school who are eligible for pupil premium varies from 20 - 55% at any one time.
Partner schools contribute part of their pupil premium to support eligible learners at the short stay school.
Pupil premium is used to fund additional alternative personalised programmes and therapeutic interventions such as head massage and personalized sports coaching. The impact of this is to support the learners emotional wellbeing and improve personal resilience.
As all learners at the school have a high level of personal support, progress for all learners is accelerated and benefitted by this funding.