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 (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. 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.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. At The Sir Donald Bailey Academy we carefully identify where to spend this funding to ensure that it has a positive impact on the emotional well-being and progress and attainment of the children it is intended for. Its impact is carefully monitored and measured to ensure it is making a positive difference.
The chart below details how this funding has been spent this academic year.