The Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated by the government to schools for:
- Children of statutory school age from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- Children whose parents are currently working in the armed forces
In 2013-2014 the level of the Pupil Premium was £900 and in 2014/15 the level of premium was raised to £1300 per pupil. The DFE offer the following guidance on how the Pupil Premium is to be spent: ‘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] will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
The purpose of the information on this page is to inform parents, carers, governors and other key stakeholders how much Pupil Premium has been received by the school, how it will be spent and the impact previous spending has had on pupils’ achievement including social and emotional wellbeing which is a significant barrier to learning for many disadvantaged pupils.
Historically, Buckingham Primary Academy has had a higher than average number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals, for example 38% of pupils were eligible for Free School Meals in 2013 which was significantly higher than the National Average of 26.7% at that time.
Currently, there are approximately 24.1%* of pupils eligible for Free School Meals which is above average when compared to data captured in the Department for Education’s (DfE) Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2018.
*(Based on data from Get Information about Schools which shows whether a pupil’s family have claimed eligibility for free school meals as reported in the annual spring school census. Parents are able to claim free school meals if they receive a qualifying benefit).
‘When compared to all primary schools, primary academies have a higher than average rate of eligibility, with 15.1% of pupils eligible for FSM, compared with 13.7% across all primary schools…However, the FSM rate varies notably between academy types. Sponsored primary academies had the highest rate of pupils eligible for, and claiming, FSM at 21.3%. Primary converter academies, however, had an FSM rate of 12.7%. In January 2018 there were only a small number of pupils in primary free schools (3,682), with an average FSM rate of 12.4%.’ [Source: DfE Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2018. Published June 2018]