Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding and is used to address the current 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 most. In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
At District PRU Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The level of the premium in 2015-16 was £975 per pupil for 109 pupils. Additionally 10 students in care received £1425 (25% retained by Virtual LAC Head).
How has the PRU Pupil Premium money been invested?
- Online packages
- School booster work
- Enrichment opportunities
- Behaviour engagement activities
- One to One support
- Counselling & Art Therapy
- Co-ordinating multi-agency responses
- Extra-curricular options
- Social resiliency and social skills activities
- Employability studies – Connexions
- Family support
- Outreach work
- Home study (with PRU outreach staff)
- Drug and Alcohol/Smoking cessation