What is PP? The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
Purpose? The government believes providing additional 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 pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). It is for schools to decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision will best impact on the learning and achievement of their pupils.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Accountability 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 •Ofsted - who will focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium •the reports for parents that schools have to publish online - see tabs opposite
Toynbee Pupil Premium Strategy Our Pupil Premium Strategy is focused on improving academic outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Therefore the main focus of our Pupil Premium Expenditure is to support and further improve the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils, primarily in the Core Subjects of English & Maths. This will take the form of additional small group teaching or through targeted support with individual pupils.
We do recognise that some disadvantaged pupils may require additional welfare assistance and have therefore allocated a proportion of our Pupil Premium Expenditure to Pupil and Curriculum Support.