The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is targeted at addressing the needs of specific groups of students in school. The school receives an additional £935 in 2014-15 for every child eligible for pupil premium funding. Children entitled to free school meals (FSM), Looked After Children and children with a family member in the services are eligible for this additional funding.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The Academy is fully committed to supporting pupils for whom the pupil premium provides support.
We will target support specifically to raise academic attainment of these pupils while also providing them with pastoral care needed to achieve their potential.
More than 50% of the pupils at Gloucester Academy receive pupil premium funding. The benefit of Pupil Premium funding enables us to increase the staffing and resources for a number of Academy wide initiatives to raise standards of literacy and numeracy. In addition we are able to provide increased resources for learning and teaching as well as being able to directly support individual students and their families with assistance towards the cost of School Uniforms, transport and School Trips.
The following link explains how parents can be entitled to receive a free school meal for their child. In addition, the school will receive a Pupil Premium within its overall budget, which enables extra funding to support childrens’ learning in all sorts of ways. Please see ‘Pupil Premium Spending Plan’.