Pupil Premium is additional school funding from the Government to provide additional
support to pupils on roll from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible
for free school meals (FSM) or those who have been in receipt of free school meals in
the past 6 years. The funding is also available for children in Local Authority care who
have been looked after for more than 6 months, adopted children or children of service
Reinwood Junior School recognises that all children regardless of background should
have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential.
The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money to pupils from
deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their
The Government have used pupils entitled to free school meals as an indicator for
deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on
the number of pupils registered for free school meals. At Reinwood Junior School we
will be using the indicator of those eligible for free school meals and those in Local
Authority Care as our target children to 'narrow the gap' regarding attainment.
The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear
that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and 'diminish the gap'.
As a school we are accountable for diminishing the gap, and there is a planned reform
to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of
pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.