The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and in 2012–13 individual schools were allocated funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Who decides on how the money is spent?
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what their pupils need.
How are schools accountable for the spending of Pupil Premium?
They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online
What can the money be spent on?
- Funding for additional staffing.
- Out of hours activities.
- School Resources including ICT.
How are Thornley Primary School spending their Pupil Premium?
You can view or download our Pupil Premium allocation and find out how this has been used at our school.
If you would like any further information about the Pupil Premium you can contact Mrs Watt (Headteacher) or access the DfE website using the link below…
The Government continues to provide primary schools with sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and sees money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
You can view or download our Sports Premium allocation and find out how this has been used at our school.
Please visit our School Sports section to view our sporting activities.
Catch up Premium
In June 2020, a £1billion fund for education was announced by the government. The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil and the document below outlines our plans for spending this funding in the most effective way to support our pupils in catching up on missed learning.
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