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.
The premium is allocated to schools for children of eligible school age from low-income families who are: –
- Currently registered for free school meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM at any time in the past 6 years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure.)
- Looked-after children and eligible pupils adopted from care or leaving local authority care under a special guardianship or residence order
- Parents who are currently serving in the armed forces.
- Early Years Pupil Premium is also available to schools with a Nursery class to support disadvantaged three and four year olds.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit but are required to publish online information about how this has been used, and what impact it has had.
At Airy Hill Primary School, 30% of our pupils receive pupil premium funding. We realise that not all children who are eligible for free school meals are socially disadvantaged and that educational needs are different for each child and in each year group. At Airy Hill we use the funding to narrow (and eventually close) the attainment gap between these pupils and their peers. We have a mantra of ‘keep up, not catch up’ and aim to achieve this throughout school. We also realise the benefit of pupil premium to support children’s cultural capital through enrichment experiences within and outside of school. At Airy Hill we believe that Pupil Premium provides funding but also focus, setting the achievement of children from disadvantaged backgrounds as a priority for all we do.
The Pupil Premium Grant for 2023-2024 is £78,100.
Please click on the link below to read our 2023-2024 strategy statement