Pupil Premium is the name given to additional funding allocated to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is generally allocated to pupils who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), to children recently in the looked-after care system, and to the children of service families. During 2014 – 2015 all state primary schools received £1,300 for each pupil eligible for FSM, plus £1,900 for other pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. In 2015 – 2016 this has changed to £1,320 for each pupil eligible for FSM, plus £1,900 for eligible others.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit in order to make most efficient use of the money, including for joint activities involving non-Pupil Premium pupils. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and are required to show that they are using the funding to “close the gap” between those eligible for Pupil Premium and their peers.
Franche’s Pupil Premium Grant for 2015-16 will be approximately £221,340 which will be supporting 170 pupils (167 FSM and 3 service children).