The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and close the gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Year R to 11, that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6).
Pupil Premium is allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority (CLA) continuously for more than 6 months. In East Sussex, Pupil Premium for CLA is managed by the Virtual School for Children in Care. A premium is also paid for children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces.
At St Mary Magdalene, in line with DfE guidance, we spend the Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) on improving the educational and personal outcomes for pupils who are looked after, are subject to SGO or have been adopted from care, including (but not limited to) their attainment. The funding is not ring-fenced and is not for individual children. Therefore, the DfE do not necessarily expect the school to spend the PP+ funding on every child eligible for PP+ on roll, because the school is best placed to determine how the additional funding can be deployed to have the maximum impact. In our school, if a child has gaps in their educational attainment, we will target support for them, which may be personalised or through a group intervention. Alternatively, for some children a whole class or whole school intervention may be appropriate.
Applying for free school meals
If you think you may be entitled to free school meals please click the link below which will direct you to the East Sussex County Council checker and application site for free school meals. Click here.