Pupil and Catch Up Premium
The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at students from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that students from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to help schools support these students in reaching their potential through school policy and provision. The Government has used students entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and have designated a grant fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of students registered for Free School meals over a rolling six year period. Additional funding is allocated where:
- there are students who are children of Armed Forces personnel
- there are students who are classed as Looked After Children (LAC)
The Government is not instructing schools how they should spend this money; it is not ring-fenced and schools ‘are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit’ DfE 2011. The Government however is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their Disadvantaged students (i.e. those eligible for Free School meals over a six year period) in increasing their attainment, and “closing the gap” with their non – disadvantaged peers. Schools should report on how they intend to spend their Pupil Premium Grant and evaluate the effectiveness of this.