The pupil premium is a form of funding, in addition to main school funding, given to children who are eligible for free school meals, or have been in the past 6 years. Children who are from armed service families and children who were adopted from care are also eligible.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged and vulnerable children and their peers. Each individual school is held accountable for how they use their Pupil Premium allocation, in order that the funding is targeted toward those pupils most in need.
It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. Each school is responsible for monitoring both the use of the funding and the impact it is having upon disadvantaged pupils.
Measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the pupil premium.
From September 2012, schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium.
We endeavour to close the achievement gap by ensuring that any pupils at risk of underachieving are identified early and support and interventions provided.