The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non‐deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals over a rolling six year period. At Swale Inclusion Service we will be using the indicator of those eligible for free school meals as well as identified vulnerable groups (including Ever 6 Free School meals) as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
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 is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘close the gap’. Schools will be accountable for closing the gap, and there are school performance tables that include measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.