The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and allocates a fixed amount of money to schools per identified pupil. At Gilbert Scott Primary School we will be using PPG funding to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment.
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.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium