The disadvantaged pupil funding is allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that have been in care for more than six months and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding, 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. Whilst schools are free to spend the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Funding.
How Lakeside use the funding to support eligible learners
For the financial year April 2017 to April 2018 our school received £274,881 of Pupil Premium funding (now known as Disadvantaged Pupil Funding). For the financial year April 2018 to March 2019 our school has received £275,000. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for Disadvantaged Pupil Funding is: 34%. This is higher than the national percentage.
Lakeside’s overall aim is to use the funding to raise the attainment and progress of Disadvantaged Learners to be in line with Non- Disadvantaged Pupils Nationally.
Every year we put together a Pupil Premium Action Plan. It contains information on what the previous year’s spending was used for and what the impact the spending had on pupil progress and attainment. It also outlines the plans for the current year’s spending and the planned impact.