What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It’s allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents/carers should check to see if they are entitled. You can find out if your child is entitled to a free school meal by visiting the following website:
How do we use the Pupil Premium funding at Hollybush?
Our aim when deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium funding is to support pupils in achieving age-related expectations, regardless of their background. We are determined to support every child in fulfilling their potential. Leeds Council has identified some potential barriers to learning that may exist for pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium including: having a lack of self-confidence, aspiration and self-belief; being less likely to read at home; delayed language; behavioural problems; a lack of independence and resilience; parents feeling unable to support learning. We have looked at these potential barriers, as well as the needs of our specific school community, and used the funding in a way to maximise the achievement of all of our pupils.
Please view the documents below to see how we use the pupil premium funding and the impact it has made.