The government initiated Pupil Premium funding (PPg) in 2011-12. The money was originally sent to school based on the number of pupils who are currently entitled to free school meals (FSM) or who have received FSM at some point within the past 6 years. Funding is also for pupils who are in looked after care or have family in the armed services.
The government believes that Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle the disadvantaged reaches the pupils who need it most. Below are links to our report for 2015-16 and link for the free school meal form.
It is up to each school to decide on how PPg is spent, since they are best placed to access what additional provision should be made for pupils. Schools are therefore free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the extra funding for low-income families. The academy therefore allocates the PPg to support any child or group of children we have identified as being socially disadvantaged.