The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a financially disadvantaged background. Specifically, the Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who are on Free School Meals (FSM), who have been FSM at any point over the past 6 years (Ever6), those children who have been looked after by the local authority, continuously for at least 6 months (LAC) or have been LAC within the past 3 years (Ever 3).
For the year 2015/2016, the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible pupil. There is also a smaller provision of £300 made for those pupils who have a parent in the armed services (Service Premium).
Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent, but it is clear that the money should be used to promote strategies which narrow the attainment gap between those students in receipt of Pupil Premium and others in the school.
At Harrogate Grammar School, it has been found that students in receipt of the Pupil Premium funding achieve better than similar students nationally, and we are working hard to ensure that any gap between them and other students in the school is closing across all key measures.