What is pupil premium?
Pupil Premium is additional government funding which is allocated to schools according to the number of pupils currently known to be eligible for free school meals. It is also allocated for children who have been eligible for free school meals anytime over the past 6 years (Ever 6). Looked after children and children of parents serving in the British Armed Forces also qualify for the funding.
The Government allocate this funding to schools to try and address inequalities and deprivation within our society, to narrow the attainment gap and so work towards equal opportunities for all.
Eligibility for free school meals is currently used as an indicator for deprivation. At Canon Johnson, the proportion of children eligible for the pupil premium is well above average compared to other schools; this is reflected in the school deprivation indicator which also shows our school to have higher levels of deprivation compared to other schools nationally.
Pupil Premium 2016-17
This year we are allocating our Pupil Premium budget to four key areas.
- Improving teaching & learning
- Closing the gaps in English & Maths
- Improving equality opportunities
- Removing barriers to learning