The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM). Schools also receive funding for children who are looked after continuously for more than six months (Children in Care) and children of Armed Service Personnel.
This additional funding is given to schools, so that they can support disadvantaged pupils, and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The government believes that the Pupil Premium (which is in addition to main school funding) is the best way to address current underlying inequalities by ensuring that this funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
The government believes that Head Teachers and School Leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit to `close the gap` between children from disadvantaged circumstances and those above the low-income threshold. It is not linked to a specific child but is used for overall impact. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
At Woodlands we are committed to `closing the gap` and the additional funding is making a big difference in improving the life chances of our children.
The impact of Pupil Premium funding on the progress of our children, is reported to Governors. Please find attached the Pupil Premium Report.
Pupils are classed as FSM if they have been eligible for and claiming FSM at any time in the last six years. This categorisation has changed. The information in this report is based on pupils in current receipt of FSM.