The government funds the academy each year with an extra amount for the number of children who:-
- are currently eligible and registered for Free School Meals or
- have been registered for Free School Meals in the last six years, referred to as "Ever 6", or
- have been in local authority care for 6 months or more (now one day or more), referred to as "Looked After", or
- whose parents are in the Armed Forces.
“The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.” (DfE website 26th April 2012)
At Kedington we accept responsibility and accountability for narrowing the gap between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers. We believe that, as with every child in our school, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her potential irrespective of need.
We will ensure that the Pupil Premium is spent on improving the life chances of the poorest and most vulnerable pupils in our care.
To find out if you’re eligible for free school meals and how to apply, go to www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals where you can put in your postcode and be directed to the correct County Council website.
Since September 2013, the government has been funding academies and schools to improve outcomes in PE and participation in sport. Each primary receives yearly funding to improve provision and to encourage children to have a healthier lifestyle.