The government requires schools to provide information about Pupil Premium and how it is used. We hope this information answers any questions you may have.
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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.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils.
The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. We will also provide schools with information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.
The Government currently allocates specific amounts of money for each child who is eligible (or has been eligible) for Free Schools Meals. This is why we ask you to apply for Free School Meals (FSM) if you are eligible even if you think that your child will not take up this entitlement.
To find out more about Free School Meals and whether you are eligible please visit the Cornwall Council website. The application form is available to download below.