Pupil Premium at New Valley
The Pupil Premium is government funding for schools designed to improve the achievement of disadvantaged children. Children eligible for Free School Meals and Looked-After Children are groups who have been identified as being vulnerable to falling behind other children. Pupil Premium funding is used to help them achieve better, and to close the gap between them and their peers.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium (PPG), which is an allocation of additional funding, is the best way to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement and to address the gap in their educational attainment.
Eligible children include those:
- who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years;
- who are looked after or in Local Authority care (LAC)
- whose parents are currently employed by the armed services.
Schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit. However, schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Since September 2021 schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium.