Pupil Premium is specific funding issued by the government to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.
Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources on those students deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. Specifically the Pupil Premium money is provided for those students who have been on FSM at any point over the past 6 years (Ever 6) or those children who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA). For the year 2017/2018 the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible student (FSM/Ever 6) and £1900 for CLA students or Post looked after children (LAC). There is also a smaller provision of £300 made for those students who have a parent in the armed services. It is not dictated how the Pupil premium money should be spent, it is the responsibility of individual schools to manage, but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies which narrow the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving students.
The Pupil Premium funding has been and is being spent on initiatives and support set up to narrow the gaps between the highest and lowest achievers, which captures a large proportion of our Pupil Premium students. The initiatives invested in at Hanson are academic, pastoral and welfare based and Hanson’s approach is that of attendance being paramount, engagement and progress being essential followed by extra curricular activities being desirable.