The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011, as a way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. The funding is paid directly to schools who then decide the best way to spend the money. The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are either currently eligible for FSM or have been eligible for FSM in the past six years. It is also allocated to children who have been looked after by a local authority (in care) at any point in their lives, or the children of service personnel. At Peasedown St John Primary School, approximately 21% of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. At 19%, we have a higher percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals than the national average (National average is 14.7%).
In September 2014, the Government introduced 'Universal Free School Meals' for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, it is important that parents/carers of children in these year groups still apply (through completing a very short form) for free school meals if they think that they may be eligible, so that the school receives pupil premium for them. Just have a chat (in confidence) with our office staff.
In the summer of 2019, our Year 6 Pupil Premium children achieved better progress outcomes than their peers in Key Stage 2 SATs.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.