Pupil Premium funding was first introduced by the Government in April 2011 when schools received additional funding for each student on roll entitled to free school meals. In 2012/13 this funding was extended to include any student who had been entitled to free school meals during the last six years (known as Ever 6). It also includes students in the care of the local authority. From December 2013 a further category of eligibility was added; this being students who were previously looked after and then were adopted, or under special guardianship, or a residency order on or after 30th December 2005. Students with a parent in the Armed Services also receive additional funding.
From April 2014 funding was extended to include all children adopted from care not just those adopted after 30 December 2005 as previously had been the case.
Although schools have the freedom to spend Pupil Premium money as they see fit, schools are held accountable for the progress and achievement of those students in receipt of the funding. Our Pupil Premiup Plan outlines how we allocate this funding. This is reviewed annually.