The Government introduced the Pupil Premium funding for schools in 2011. They believe that this is the best way to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it the most.
Schools determine how the Pupil Premium should be spent since they are best placed to identify and assess what additional provision can be put in place for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Barriers to learning
The type of barrier to learning that PP students experience does vary from year to year and each student and cohort is different. The types of issues students face can include poor levels of attendance, lower numeracy and literacy of students, low aspirations, SEN needs, social and family difficulties etc. However, we believe that this could equally be the same for any students. We have high expectations of all students though appropriate challenge and support; this is the case for all students including those who receive PP funding. All students are expected to make good progress and take the pathway which is appropriate for their ability, irrespective of their PP status.