The Government is determined to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), have been eligible for FSM in the last 6 years, those who have parents in prison or who are children of armed forces personel, and those children who are not. To help schools over come any barriers to them making progress, they provide Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the main school funding. Pupil Premium Funding is used to tackle disadvantage in order to reach the pupils who need it most.
Schools are currently given Pupil Premium funding of £1300 per pupil for those whose families who have registered for FSM. This includes any child who has been registered for FSM at any point during the past 6 years. This is why it is really important that you register your entitlement, even if you do not want your child to have a free school hot dinner, or your child is in Reception, Year 1 or 2 and receive a free hot dinner anyway. This is valuable funding for the school.
It is upto the governors of each school to decide how best to use the funding and we are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils to make good progress. We are required to report this information on our school website and below is our report on how we intend to spend the money. At the end of the year we will then report on the impact of the spending.