What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.
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. Research shows that students from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. This additional funding is provided in order to support these disadvantaged students in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress. For FAN, our local demographic means this manifests itself predominantly in low student aspirations. This is something we are currently addressing.
The government use students who are or have been eligible for Free Schools Meals (FSM) as an indicator of deprivation. Schools receive a fixed amount of money per student, based on the number of students who receive or have received FSM. Schools also receive further funding for students who are looked after by the local authority, are adopted or are children of service personnel - HM Armed Forces.
We will regularly seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these students. Examples of the range of provision we may put in place include:
- Funding of the Foundation Learning Centre to support students who struggle in school academically, socially or emotionally
- Reduced class sizes in Yrs 10 and 11 in English, Maths and Science for targeted support
- Small group intervention work
- Funding of private music tuition for PP students
- Funding support for enrichment trips and opportunities
- Increasing the pool of student resources (textbooks, revision guides, online support)
For details of Pupil Premium Policy and Guidance along with the Expenditures please see the documents below: