What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is extra money that comes into our budget to help us make a positive difference to the educational outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. All schools are entitled to Pupil Premium. It is calculated by the number of pupils we have who are or were eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years or who are identified as looked after by a Local Authority (children in care or foster care).
At Drayton Park, we have a very high percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals compared to the national average. As a result, we get a lot of pupil premium.
Why Is Pupil Premium Important?
Nationally, there is a strong link between economic disadvantage and poor achievement in schools. Across the country there is a significant gap between the progress made by pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are not eligible. There are many reasons why this gap exists. Pupil Premium is given to schools to help us try to close this gap. It is important because it enables us to counteract the disadvantages that poverty imposes on children. It ensures we can put the support in place to help every child in our school thrive and fully master each stage of the curriculum.
How Can We Spend Pupil Premium?
Although our Pupil Premium grant is calculated in terms of specific pupils, we do not have to spend the money directly on them. We can use the money as we see fit. However, we have to demonstrate how we are using Pupil Premium to close the progress gap between less and more advantaged pupils.
Our Pupil Premium Statements
Every year, we write a statement, detailing the amount of Pupil Premium grant we get and the way we spend it. We also explain how we evaluate impact. Please see our current statement, and previous ones, below.