The Government introduced the Pupil Premium, funding which is additional to main school funding, as the best way to address some of the underlying equalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. The funding is intended to tackle disadvantage and to reach the children who need it the most, reducing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving children and enabling more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend top universities.
Schools are free to decide how they spend this funding but are required to publish, through their website, how it has been used.
At Blackburn School pupil premium funding is allocated following a needs analysis which identifies priority classes, groups and individuals. We have worked hard to ensure that all our planned spending is cost effective and the maximum number of children benefit from the money.