The Pupil Premium is the amount of extra funding that a school receives based on the number of children at the school that are eligible, or have been eligible in the previous six years, for Free School Meals at a given point in the year.
Listed below is the number of ways that Leechpool have spent this funding since its allocation.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how the Premium has been used. This has ensured that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. The impact of the pupil premium has been evaluated and found:
- Improvements in the progress of children (better progress than expected).
- Improved attainment of children (children reaching higher standards compared to their predictions).
- Children reaching their expected standard of attainment, when a year before they were not on track to meet this standard.
There is more information about the Pupil Premium on the Department for Education