The Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding allocated to schools on top of the main funding that they receive. This funding is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds (eligible for Free School Meals or in Care) to ensure that they are able to benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The Pupil Premium exists because data suggest that students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower attainment than those who have never been eligible.
The Pupil Premium is worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past six years have been in receipt of Free School Meals; £1900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who had left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students who parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or in receipt of a pension from the MOD.
How the Pupil Premium funding is spent is monitored closely, with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Norton College our strategy is to utilise the funding support for our Pupil Premium students in the following areas:
- raising progress and attainment;
- improving attendance;
- raising aspirations;
- increasing opportunities for cultural and social enrichment;
Progress Leaders assess the needs of the students who are eligible for PP funding, a range of personalised strategies are implemented and reviewed on a termly basis.