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What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children eligible for a free school meal and children that have been in care for more than six months. Pupils from Service families also attract a Pupil Premium. Why was it introduced? The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to 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 disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium.
How is Pupil Premium funding used?
At Talavera Infant School, the allocation of funding via the Pupil Premium and Service Premium Grants supplements the main school funding and is used for the following specific purposes for children eligible as Free School Meal pupils (including Ever 6), Post looked after pupils and Service pupils.
The funding is mainly used to supplement the staffing arrangements so that there are well-trained staff on hand to provide intervention and extension plus any emotional and social support needed during a child’s time at the school.
The School and Governing Body are committed to supporting all pupils and families and recognise that there are children on roll who, whilst not necessarily eligible for free school meals, may also suffer financial hardship. It is also recognised that many of the opportunities put in place for children who are eligible for these grants may have an indirect positive impact on the progress and attainment of other groups.