In April 2011 the Government introduced Pupil Premium, funding which is additional to main school funding.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is that it is deployed by schools to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Pupils included are;
- Pupils who are recorded as eligible for free school meals, or have been recorded as eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
- Children looked after by local authorities, referred to as looked-after children
- Children previously looked after by a local authority or other state care, referred to as previously looked-after children.
Schools are able to spend the funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs. In addition to the core curriculum a school offers, each pupil eligible for Pupil Premium funding may receive specific interventions, designed to provide opportunities and support based on individual needs and circumstances.
Detailed analysis of need and regular tracking of progress is essential to ensure potential barriers are overcome and expected levels of progress made.
At Laleham Gap School approximately 41% of pupils in school are currently in receipt of Free School Meals.