What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium (PP) is an additional funding that publicly funded schools receive to support the learning of students from low-income families who are either eligible (or have been eligible within the past six years) for Free School Meals (FSM) or are children in Local Authority Care (LAC) who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help support those students from low-income families to ensure that they make progress at an equal rate to their peers.
Funding varies from financial year to financial year. Currently primary schools will receive:
- £1345 for pupils (Reception to Year 6)
- £2345 per pupil in LAC (Reception to Year 6)
Schools are free to choose how to spend the Pupil Premium in the way they think will best support those children. This can e.g. be academical/pastoral support and/or providing financial assistance.
A link to the Department for Education (DfE) page, containing further information about the rationale behind the Pupil Premium, can be found here.
Our school is committed to enriching pupils' school experience and to ensure all pupils have equal access to high quality teaching and learning and extra-curricular opportunities.
At every opportunity we strive to ensure all children achieve well: academically, socially and emotionally. We ensure high quality teaching and learning to meet the needs of all our children as set out in our Pupil Premium Strategy.
Who is eligible?
Children are eligible if they have registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
The introduction of free school meals for all Reception and KS1 children may mean that it is more difficult to identify those children who are still eligible for pupil premium.
London Borough of Merton has launched an initiative to collect information on all families at the school, so that they are able to identify eligible families themselves, including those whose circumstances may change over time.
How does Dundonald Primary School use Pupil Premium Funding?
The government sets out that funding should be used for the following:
- for the purposes of the school, that is for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
- on community facilities e.g. services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated
Examples of how funding may be used to support individuals can be found in our Pupil Premium Policy.