Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.

The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils.  Three categories of pupils are eligible:

  • Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
  • Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
  • Children of Service personnel

Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups year R to year 11 in a maintained school. The proportion of children eligible at Barns Green Primary is currently 7%.

Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils.

Please click on the following link to apply to WSCC for Free School Meals:

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/#how-to-apply

Please click on the link below to a report detailing how the school’s Pupil Premium Grant is allocated, used and the impact that it has on children’s learning:

For further information, please follow this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium

We have a 3 year strategy for the use of the Pupil Premium Grant. However, this strategy is reviewed annually and Governors receive a termly report on its use.