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 strategy for 2019-20 and the statement for 2018-19 is below