What is the Pupil Premium and how do we spend it?
Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school’s budget and depends on the number of looked after children in school as well as those who have registered for ‘free school meals’. Schools are free to decide how to spend this money to support the pupils that it’s allocated to.
In 2016/17 for 83 eligible children, school received £120,000 in Pupil Premium allocations.
It’s incorrect to think that all children receiving Pupil Premium funding automatically require academic support – far from it. They are however, still entitled to support from the Pupil Premium and they are catered for in the list of things that school provides / offers.
For the majority of children, Pupil premium is allocated in the following ways:
In 2015/16 Pupil Premium families were directly canvassed for their thoughts as to how best to allocate Pupil Premium funding. The results were unclear and unhelpful. This exercise will be undertaken again prior to the end of the summer term 2017 and will hopefully inform some of the allocations regarding Pupil Premium funding.
Data, both with regard to academic progress and personal development, shows that at St Paul’s our Pupil Premium children do well and benefit from all of the above. Whilst we evaluate the ways in which we allocate Pupil Premium spending, we also look for efficiency alongside impact and currently intend to continue allocating Pupil Premium funds as above.