The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, 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. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
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. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
Details of the spending of Pupil Premium funding by Chingford Foundation School in 2015-16 is available here.
Plans for the use of Pupil Premium Money in 2016-17
AM registration intervention in Maths and Science
TA to support reading club in the mornings
Literacy and numeracy support in Lower School during AM registration
Sixth form maths students mentoring Year 11 PP students
Easter Revision camp aimed at PP students
Over staffing in English to reduce class size and focus on the needs of PP students
Lower school TA to support PP students e.g. homework club
Fund trips for PP students – focus on cultural capital
Breakfast club – ensuring all PP students start the day with breakfast. Funding staff to supervise and run it each morning