The pupil premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and the children of armed service personnel.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used.
In 2013, Ofsted recognised that:
‘Pupil premium funding is spent carefully and to good effect. Additional staff in the classroom support eligible pupils, and all pupils are able to take advantage of extended school opportunities such as Positive Play sessions and one-to-one tuition. As a result, pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium make similar progress to other pupils, and their attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is in line with that of their classmates.’ [July 2013]
Overall, the achievement of pupil premium funded pupils was judged to be ‘outstanding.’
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