What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It was introduced in April 2011 and was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. From September 2012, the government also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. From September 2014, the premium will be worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Litherland High we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy and Numeracy, Transition (at all key stages) Engagement, Attendance, Behaviour and Inclusion maximising the life opportunities for all students.