Darrington Primary School recognise that all pupils should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential, regardless of their background. We are committed to ensuring best value in our use of funding to support children whose backgrounds may otherwise lead to under achievement.
Historically, children receiving Free School Meals (FSM) make slower progress and achieve lower results compared to their peers. This is a national issue.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantaged reaches the children who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with children who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This is used as a measure of deprivation. Schools also receive funding for children who are eligible for FSM are socially disadvantaged. Equally, there are pupils who are not eligible for FSM but have significant barriers to learning opportunities.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are the best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Source – DfE website
Pupil Premium Allocation
For the academic year 2016-17, the allocation for pupils in receipt of pupil premium is £19,800.
14.3% of our pupils are currently eligible for pupil premium funding.