What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an additional form of funding that schools receive to support them in tackling the under achievement of particular groups of children within a school. It was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’), children who have been looked after by a local authority continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children in the eligible groups and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Funding is allocated directly to schools and the Government emphasise that individual schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, however they are accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from the eligible groups. From September 2012 schools were required to publish how they used their Pupil Premium.
Bromley Heath Infant School, historically, has smaller than the national average numbers of children who qualify for Pupil Premium.