What is the pupil premium?
Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils. Currently, the premium is worth £1385 and goes to pupils who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for (FSM) in the past six years. Pupils in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also continue to qualify for the pupil premium.
Why is there a pupil premium?
Pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of pupils who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow pupils.
How will the impact of the spending of the pupil premium be measured?
At Iqra Primary School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of attainment will be used to inform progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
Schools receive designated pupil premium funding to support vulnerable children within the school. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support and raise the attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.