The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. In 2017–18 schools were allocated a total of £2.4 billion funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
The government believes that the pupil premium, which is in 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 peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
75% of disadvantaged pupils achieved a GLD (good level of development) at the end of EYFS last year. This is above the attainment of their classmates and represents good progress form their starting points.
By the end of KS2 the attainment of children in receipt of free school meals at some point in the last 7 years is above that of their peers in Reading.
Throughout the school disadvantaged children, on the whole, perform as well as their peers across the curriculum.
This will be reviewed in April 2020