Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is provided to address the underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their wealthier peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), who have been eligible for FSM at any time during the last six years (Ever 6 FSM), and children who have been looked after by the Local Authority for more than six months. The current premium for pupils eligible for FSM at primary level is £1,320 and £1,900 for looked after children.
In addition, a premium of £300 has been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
How has this funding been used?
In the academic year 2015/16, four children were eligible for Pupil Premium. Fulstow Primary received a total premium amount of £5,913.
The funding was primarily used to provide additional 1:1 tuition for pupils outside of the classroom. It was also used for additional educational resources (laptops, iPads and eReaders), providing enrichment experiences (swimming lessons, music lessons and school visits) and the purchasing of additional classroom resources. Examples of resources include books, photocopying and laminating.
Why has the funding been allocated this way?
It was considered that the funding should be primarily used on additional 1:1 support as this would have the most impact as opposed to simply using all the funding to purchase equipment. The pupils in receipt of the funding require a great deal of nurturing and social development in addition to learning.