In April 2011 the Coalition Government introduced the Pupil Premium. This is funding allocated to schools which is additional to main school funding.
The additional funding is designed to narrow the attainment gap between students from disadvantaged families and their peers, where this exists. Schools can choose how to target these additional funds in order to meet the needs of students at risk of under-achieving based on their circumstances.
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil (those families on income support), is spent since they are best placed to asses what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’ – Department of Education
All schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium and its impact on the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. The Academy will publish this information once it receives confirmation of the fund and assesses its pupils abilities at the end of the Autumn term.