Pupil Premium budget is additional funding given to schools to support students on Free School Meals, Looked After Children and those children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces. Schools must report how they have used the pupil premium and the impact it has had on pupil progress.
Reasons for the Pupil Premium:
- Created to tackle ‘educational inequality’
- Allocated to schools ‘in addition’ to their budget
- Funding to tackle educational gaps caused by disadvantage, allowing schools to reach the students that need it most
- A good education is the key to improving life chances
Schools are encouraged by the Department for Education to use the money to ‘narrow the gap’ in attainment between students in receipt of Free School Meals or those who are ‘Looked After’ as nationally there is a disparity between their attainment at GCSE and their peers.
The money is being used to help raise academic achievement as well as improve interactive and social skills.
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