The pupil premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between students from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.
The Government believes that the pupil premium is the best way to address the current inequalities between students eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
Beaconsfield High School receives funding for students eligible for FSM, or who have been eligible at any time over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’), students whose parents are serving in the armed forces or students who are in care, adopted from care or ‘looked after’.
It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium allocated to them is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit and, whilst support must be targeted at students eligible for the pupil premium, some provision will inevitably benefit other students.