Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 aimed at pupils from low income families.
In 2011/12 it was set at £488 per pupils and in 2012/13 it rose to £623 per pupil.
The premium is available for children eligible for free school meals and pupils in care. In 2012/13 it has been extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
What has it meant to Fulwood Academy in real terms?
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium at the same time as cutting school budgets elsewhere, so overall the amount of money received is pretty much the same as before.
As Fulwood Academy already had a number of strategies in place aimed at supporting pupils in these target groups – including extra teachers and learning support staff –the funding has gone to fund these posts. As the funding has developed the more attention is being given to Pupil Premium, there has been more internal focus on how the funding is being used within the Academy.