What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. The government believes that the pupil premium “is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between pupils” in order to ensure that all students benefit from the same opportunities. From September 2014, the premium is worth £935 for each student who at any point in the last 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £2,300 for students who at any point in the last 6 month been continuously looked after or who have been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 is received for students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
Individual schools have the freedom to decide how this money should best be spent in order to address the inequalities and to maximise the progress and attainment of all pupils. However, schools are held accountable for how they use this additional funding and must be able to demonstrate the impact on pupil attainment. At The Romsey School, just under 20% of pupils are currently eligible for the Pupil Premium.
General: Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch-up Funding
The Year 7 catch-up premium has been offered by the Government as a commitment to provide additional funding to schools. A sum of £500 in additional funding was given per year 7 pupil in 2015-16, who did not achieve the expected standard in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The equates to £11,500 each year, for The Romsey School. The purpose of this funding is to enable The Romsey School to deliver additional support, such as places at Summer School, Accelerated Reader provision, individual tuition or intensive support in small groups for those pupils that most need it.