What is Pupil Premium?
Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The level of premium for 2016/17 is £1320 per pupil.
Attainment gaps between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers persist through all stages of education, including entry into higher education. The highest early achievers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age seven. The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education. The likelihood of a pupil eligible for FSM achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is less than one third of a non-FSM pupil. A pupil from a non-deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their deprived peer.
It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium allocated to their school is spent. Schools will be held accountable for their use of the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the impact this has on educational attainment. School performance tables now include a ‘diminishing’ measure showing how disadvantaged children perform in each school. Since September 2012, schools have had to publish online details of their pupil premium allocation and their plans to spend it in the current year.
The principle objective of the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) is to raise levels of educational attainment in areas of previously low levels of attainment, often in areas experiencing high levels of economic and social deprivation, in order to increase the life chances of young people.
As an academy within GAT, the staff at Mansfield Primary Academy are committed to supporting our high proportion of disadvantaged pupils, to ensure that all pupils are provided with learning opportunities which enable them to progress and achieve higher levels of attainment. Currently, 58% of Mansfield Primary Academy pupils qualify for this funding.