Introduced in 2011 the Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and also supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces. It consists of granting additional funding for the targeted pupils.
Currently Pupil Premium funding is given to:
- Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals (£1,320)
- Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority (£2,300)
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order (£2,300)
- Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence (£300)
The Department for Education states that, “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium…. is spent, since [each school is] best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within [its] responsibility.”
Although funding is given to schools to spend as they think best, there is a requirement for every school to publish online how the money has been spent, and what the impact has been in terms of improving the outcomes for Pupil Premium grant children at that school.
At Eton Porny, our strategy is in line with the statement that “The best school leaders know what they want to achieve from each of their interventions and they evaluate progress thoroughly to make sure these are working. They also have well thought-through plans for building on their success. Crucially, many of these schools are concentrating on the core areas of literacy and numeracy to break down the main barriers to accessing the full curriculum.”(1)
Furthermore, Eton Porny’s strategy takes into account studies showing how, in schools providing the highest quality of teaching, all children will benefit by making excellent progress but the vulnerable and disadvantaged tend to make disproportionately more progress than their non-disadvantaged peers which leads automatically to a ‘narrowing of the gap’.
For more details on Pupil Premium funding and accountability for schools please click here