Pupil Premium

The aim of the government’s pupil premium is to raise achievement among disadvantaged pupils, diminishing the difference between them and their peers. The funding was introduced in April 2011 and is targeted at pupils aged 4-16, from low income families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or who are Children Looked After (CLA). It is additional funding that will ensure disadvantaged pupils will benefit from the same educational opportunities as pupils from wealthier families.

The wider aims are:

  • To increase social mobility
  • To enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally

Main Barriers to achievement are:

  • Poor attendance
  • Increased likelihood of emotional well-being and mental health issues
  • Less likely to engage with extra and wider curricular activities
  • Less likely to achieve the expected standard for their age than those pupils who non-disadvantaged pupils