The government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011 to address underlying inequalities between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The grant is paid directly to schools in addition to standard funding. The amount received by a school is calculated from the number of pupils who are eligible in the following categories: · Entitlement to Free School Meals (at any time in the last 6 years); · Children who have ever been in the care of the Local Authority; · Children of active Service personnel. Schools decide how to spend the money, as they are best placed to identify those at risk of underachievement and assess what additional provision should be made for all pupils. Due to the criteria, not all disadvantaged pupils qualify for the premium and not all those who do qualify are necessarily in need of additional provision. The governing body monitors the use and impact of its Pupil Premium Funding through its Finance Committee. Schools are also required to report online how the funding has been used and the impact of the additional provision on the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
The amount a school receives is calculated from census data in January of each year and included in the next financial year's school budget. It is used by the school for the following academic year and the use and impact is reported at the end of the academic year once all school data is finalised. This means that there may be movement of pupils in and out of the school during the time between the original allocation and its use, so the use may be adapted to reflect the changing needs of pupils.
The strategy for 2018-19 and the summary of 2017-18 is below