The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to children who are looked after by their Local Authority, those who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years and for children who has a parent currently serving in the armed forces.
In the financial year 2015-2016, schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years.
- £1,320 for children in reception to Year 6
- £935 for children in year 7-11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local authority care because of one of the following:
- Special guardianship order
- A child arrangement order
- A residence order
Children who have been in local authority care for one day or more also attract £1,900 of Pupil Premium funding. Funding for these children doesn’t go to the school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the Local Authority that looks after the child. VSH are responsible for managing pupil premium for looked after children.
Children who have parents in the armed forces are supported through the service child premium which is set at £400 per child.
Gaps between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers persist through all stages of education, including entry in to higher education. The highest early attainers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age 7. The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education. The likelihood of a child eligible for FSM achieving 5 or more GCSEs at A-C including maths and English is less than one third of a non FSM child. A child from a non-deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their deprived peer.
It is for schools to decide ow the Pupil Premium grant allocated to the school is spent.
Schools will be held to account for the use of allotted funding to support pupils from low income families and the impact tis has on educational attainment. School performance tables now include a ‘closing the gap’ measure showing how disadvantaged children perform in each school.
Since September 2012 schools have to publish online details of their Pupil Premium allocations, their plans to spend in the current year and the impact of the funding in previous years.
Pupil Premium is spent within the context of the overall funding agreement between the DfE and Oasis Community Learning.
Click here to read the funding agreement for Oasis Community Learning.
To view the Oasis Community Learning Annual Report and Financial Accounts information, please visit the website here.
Click here to read the supplementary funding agreement (SFA) relating to Oasis Academy Don Valley.