The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds.
Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non‐deprived peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress.
The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation. They have given a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals and who are looked after by the local authority.
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the academic, emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
At St.Mary's the Mount School we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
At St.Mary's the Mount we will:
We are mindful of: