Pupil Premium is a funding stream allocated to schools to provide additional support to students on or who have, in the previous 6 years, received free school meals. In addition, in 2013, the DfE introduced ‘Pupil Premium Plus’ for looked after and previously looked after children. In doing this, the DfE acknowledged the enduring impact of trauma and loss in children’s lives and the key role of schools in supporting children who have had a difficult start in life. Schools can decide how Pupil Premium funding is best spent with the purpose to diminish the difference so that outcomes for those who are eligible for pupil premium do equally well to their peers nationally.
The Pupil Premium funding is spent in a variety of ways at Nidderdale High School with the direct and explicit aim of narrowing the attainment gap between the highest and the lowest achievers. From September 2016 the attainment of Pupil Premium students at Nidderdale High School is compared to the attainment of all students nationally. The school uses its funding for academic and pastoral initiatives to support all students in achieving the best outcomes.