What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6).
Pupil Premium is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority (CLA) continuously for more than six months. In East Sussex Pupil Premium for CLA is managed by the Virtual School for Children in Care.
The Pupil Premium is £1319 per pupil in 2019/20.
Barriers to learning
Children eligible for Pupil Premium are not a homogenous group; they face many barriers to learning that we try to overcome with our Pupil Premium strategy.
Some of these barriers to learning are: Attendance, SEND, a speech and language deficit, difficulties with emotional regulation and self-control, and access to books at home.
More information is available on the Department for Education website here
Currently, in England, children are eligible to receive free school meals if their parents are in receipt of any of the following:
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- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, providing they are not also entitled to Working tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
The reports below show how we spent the money, and what impact it made.