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Pupil Premium Funding

Purpose - Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.  Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have from the following groups...

  • Free School Meals
  • Looked-afetr and previously looked-after children
  • Service Premium (funding for pupils with a parent in HM Forces

The pupil premium is not based on ability.  Research shows that the most academically able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are most at risk of under-performing. Schools should focus on these pupils just as much as pupils with low results.

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