The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2014, the premium will be worth £935 at Secondary, and £1320 at Primary, this funding goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. According to the DfE “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what educational provision be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source DfE Website)
Why is there a pupil premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
How many students at Summerfield Pupil Referral Unit are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 72% students at Summerfield Pupil Referral Unit are eligible.
Please click on the report on the right hand side of the page to find out how we spend Pupil Premium.