The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds by closing the attainment gap between them and other pupils. Schools receive a set amount per pupil registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as Ever6 FSM). Further details of this and other disadvantaged qualifying pupils can be found on the GOV.UK website. Schools can decide how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. In doing so, funding is strategically aimed at tackling significant barriers to learning for students in receipt of the PPG within the school and wider community context.
The primary objective is to use the funding to ensure pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are well supported to achieve high outcomes that are at least in line with other pupils nationbally. National data shows pupils in receipt of free school meals significantly achieve less well compared to other pupils. The difference in this attainment gap widens as pupils move from primary through to secondary schooling. The key priority is to reduce this difference in attainment and progress, thus securing high achievement and successful outcomes, thereby improving life chances.