The pupil premium grant (PPG) is a sum of money given to schools and local authorities each year by the Government to help disadvantaged pupils reach their potential.
Pupils that have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). Pupils that are Looked After Children (LAC), or have been adopted from care or who have left care, i.e. post-LAC. Service children.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) allocate PPG to schools and local authorities. Rates vary depending on age and circumstance of the child but can be as much as £2300 per year.
In 2018, Durham & Cleveland had the lowest GCSE Maths pass rates in the North of England. In 2018, there were over 7000 Looked After Children in the North East of England. In 2019, 21% of pupils in the North East are eligible for and claim for Free School Meals (FSM). All details are according to Government published statistics.
In 2017, a Sutton Trust survey found:
*30% of head teachers said the funding for poorer pupils was being used to plug gaps in the school budget.
Only 12% of teachers cited one-to-one tuition as a priority for use of PPG funding.
There is no obligation for schools to consult you about how they use your child's pupil premium; some schools will. Schools do have to show that they are using the PPG fund appropriately and publish details online. Why not make the difference and ask how they are using it to benefit your child?