Schools should be engines of social mobility. They should provide the knowledge, and the tools, to enable talented young people to overcome accidents of birth and an inheritance of disadvantage in order to enjoy greater opportunities’. (Department for Education).
It is for this reason that the Government have introduced the pupil premium which is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) including pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM); to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (CLA – Child Looked After); and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
All schools are required to annually report on the amount of funding and how this is being used each academic year. The grant may be spent in the following ways:
- For the purpose of the school i.e. for the educational benefit of the pupils registered at the school
- For the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
- On community services whose provision furthers the benefit of pupils at the school
At Lower Farm, we recognise that evidence suggests pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across three areas – teaching, targeted academic support and wider approaches.
For information about how this funding is used, please read our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement: