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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who:-­‐

  • have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) in the last 6 years (Ever6)
  • have been looked after continuously for more than six months and,
  • are children of service personnel.The current per pupil allocation for Pupil Premium is £935 for pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) in the last 6 years (Ever6), £1900 for pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and £300 for pupils who are children of service personnel.The aim of the pupil premium is to close attainment gaps between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers that persist through all stages of education. This has been identified for the following reasons:-­‐
  • The highest early achievers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age seven.
  • The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education.
  • The likelihood of a pupil eligible for FSM achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-­‐C including English and mathematics is less than one third of anon-­‐FSM pupil.
  •  A pupil from a non-­‐deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their deprived peer.See https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/raising-­‐the-­‐achievement-­‐of-­‐disadvantaged-­‐children/supporting-­‐pages/pupil-­‐premium for more information.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. Schools are, however, accountable for the use of the funding in supporting the pupils it is targeted for. This is why at Highfield the funding is managed as a separate budget with clear planning and expectations.

For full details of how we spent the pupil premium for the 2015 – 2016,  and how we have planned to spend our allocation in 2016-17 please view the full reports below.