What is a Pupil Premium Grant?
A Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding provided by the Government to schools, so they can help support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. This grant is paid for each child who is eligible for free school meals, or who are in the care of the local authority.
The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 after it was recognised that, in general, these groups have a lower attainment that those from less disadvantaged backgrounds. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as they see fit, to support targeted pupils. A school's Pupil Premium Grant will benefit pupils from those vulnerable groups either directly or indirectly.
At Woodham Ley Primary School we recognise that it is not the Pupil Premium funding itself that will improve the attainment of our disadvantaged children, but how we use it. Where funding is carefully targeted, research studies show a positive impact on attainment gaps for disadvantaged children.
It is important for parents/carers to register their child for free school meals so that their child receives the Pupil Premium entitlement. Please do not hesitate to speak to the school office should you need help with this.