The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been ‘Looked After’ (LAC – Looked After Children) continuously for more than six months.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on the annual January school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children looked after data returns.
The Pupil Premium is also paid to academies via the EFA - Education Funding Agency.
Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point during the last 6 years.
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
What does this mean for Long Bennington Church of England Academy?
In this school, the amount of money received through the Pupil Premium is low in comparison to most other schools as we have a much lower than average number of children who are eligible for free school meals. In this current academic year of 2017-18 we have 22 pupils who were in receipt of Pupil Premium or Forces funding.