The pupil premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who are looked after for more than six months (LAC). In addition, Pupil Premium is allocated for children of families who are currently serving in the armed forces.
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to:
- Local Authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs)
- Voluntary-Sector Alternative Provision (AP), with Local Authority agreement
- Special Schools Not Maintained by the Local Authority (NMSS)
- Academies and Free Schools, including special and AP Academies
We must publish details of how we spend our pupil premium provision and the effect this funding has had on the attainment of our children who attract the funding.
Brinsworth Whitehill is committed to enabling all pupils to achieve to the best of their abilities. The children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding at Whitehill are from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities and ability groupings.
We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free school meals. The available evidence suggests that the amounts of parental investment in the early years is the important resource and this is not always closely linked to family income or parental education. Impoverishment is not so much about the lack of money as it is about the lack of cognitive and non-cognitive stimulation given to young children. We therefore reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any child the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged and at risk.
Our allocation of funding is based on a large body of research in social science, psychology and neuroscience including the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF).
We intend to invest in the developmental growth of at risk children through several main programs of development.