Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or with a disadvantaged background. It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals. This is one of the government’s key education policies and is based on research that shows that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. It is important to know that a pupil does not need to have a free school meal in order for the school to receive pupil premium funding for them – they just need to be entitled to have one; parents and carers should check to see if their child is entitled to free school meals. Pupil Premium is also available for pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, children who have been recorded as a ‘looked after’ child continuously for more than six months, including those who have subsequently been adopted, and children where a parent serves in the armed forces. It is up to schools to decide how to use the funding in order to improve the educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. Our aim is to use our pupil premium funding as effectively as we can to have a positive impact on the attainment and future life chances of this group of pupils.
In 2018-19 Esher Church School received £18,780 to support 12 children eligible for pupil premium funding or pupil premium plus funding.
The document below shows how we spent this funding to further support these children.