The Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the
number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the
last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the
current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged
backgrounds and their more affluent peers. The Pupil Premium also provides funding for
children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the
children of service personnel.
The Pupil Premium was initially introduced in April 2011 and has increased over several years. In the academic year 2017 – 18 we received £355,000 as we receive £935 per eligible pupil per year.
Once they have a clear understanding of the barriers to learning experienced by disadvantaged students schools can decide how the pupil premium money is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
At Sydenham School we use a range of interventions and activities which provide direct support and provision for students who are eligible and which are proven to have an impact.
We are reviewing our Pupil Premium plan for last year and evaluating its impact as part of the process of developing this years plan.