Grange Federation and the Pupil Premium Grant
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Government considers the Pupil Premium to be a key element of their education policy. Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. These include pupils from low income families; children in care and the children of armed service personnel.
For the academic year 2015-16, £1320 has been allocated to schools for any pupil who has been registered for Free School Meals in the last six years. Looked-after children who have been in continuous care for more than six months and children who have been adopted are allocated £1900. In addition, a Service Child Premium of £300 per pupil has been allocated to children with parents in the armed services in recognition for the particular challenges that they face.
What are the aims of the Pupil Premium?
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children.
The link between free school meal eligibility and underachievement is strong. The Pupil Premium seeks to tackle this inequality in educational outcomes. The Premium is intended to help schools to provide targeted support to improve the life chances of children from lower income families and young people who face additional challenges in their lives so that they can reach their full potential.
How is the Pupil Premium used at Grange Federation?
The Government has given schools discretion in how to best use the funding to meet the needs of their children.
At Grange Federation, much of the expenditure relates to the salaries of specific staff and services who have been employed to support, where needed, the children in the groups above. Money is also spent on extra resources and to fund specific activities which we believe make a difference. This may include accessing additional after school provision, educational trips or specific resources. We continually evaluate use of the ‘Pupil premium’ grant to ensure that money is used as effectively as possible in order to enable pupils’ to reach their full potential, to maximise academic achievement and to overcome any social or welfare issues which might act as a barrier to their learning.
If you believe that the school should be accessing ‘Pupil Premium’ funding for your child, please contact the office in either school for additional information.