In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium, which additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. Schools have the freedom to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.
The pupil premium is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the 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 Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
- the reports for parents that schools have to publish online
Source: DFE Website
Below are documents which identify how St. Catherine's School plans to, or has used, the money allocated to us.