The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is a sum of money in the school’s budget. The Government allocates a particular amount to each school based on the number of students who are known to be entitled to Free School Meals or have been in Local Authority care continuously for more than six months; this is because children in these categories have, nationally, consistently attained lower results in schools. The aim is that schools use the funding to help raise attainment and accelerate these pupils’ academic progress thereby ‘narrowing and closing the gap’ between their performance and that of their peers.
Funding for those pupils whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces has also been introduced. This is known as the ‘Service Premium.'
Dunster First School acknowledges the responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and we are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs in order to ‘narrow and close the gap’ between vulnerable pupils and their peers.
To find out more about how we use our Pupil Premium allocation and how it has made a difference to our children, please click on the link below.