What is it?
Pupil Premium is additional Government funding which is allocated to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. The amount of additional funding received by the school is based on the number of children in the school who are registered for a free school meal, those who have been in care for more than six months and children of Armed Service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
The Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the Government as the best way to provide resources to enable schools to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. Through this grant the Government seeks to ensure that resources are available to schools to tackle disadvantage and reach the pupils who need it most.
Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as they see fit, they are required to publish online information about how the funding is used.
What has this meant for Springfield Primary School?
At Springfield Primary School our focus has always been on meeting the individual needs of all of our children which is central to our ethos.We have used the additional resources that the Pupil Premium Grant has given us in a variety of ways to support this priority. It has enabled us to successfully target areas of underachievement to the benefit of our children. Our school has been successful in narrowing the attainment gap and there are many examples of pupils, supported by pupil premium funding, making exceptional progress