Pupil Premium Funding
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid to local authorities by a grant based on the January census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) in Reception to Year 11 for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six month.
Since April 2012, the Government widened the coverage of the Premium to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). Currently, for each eligible child the school receives £1320.
Whilst the money is given to schools for each eligible child, it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since it is recognised that they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The Service Premium
The Service Children Premium currently stands at £300 per eligible child, and includes children who have a parent who is currently, or within the past three years, been in our Services. (Please directly inform the School Office if this relates to your child, as we have no other means of knowing.)
The Service Premium should not be confused with the Pupil Premium as detailed above - it is not intended for the same purpose as the Pupil Premium. The Service Premium is there to enable schools to support the emotional and social well-being at the key times when the children may need it, such as to support them whilst their parent is away from home on duty. Here, at Orchard, it largely goes towards providing our ELSAs and their resources.