The government believes that the pupil premium, which is funded separately 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 to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’) and for children of service personnel.
Schools can also receive the Pupil Premium Plus grant for looked after children and children adopted from local authority care. For more information on Pupil Premium plus please see the page dedicated to this on the school website. At Camden School for Girls we have decided to rebrand Pupil Premium as Focus First so please be aware that within school the terms are used interchangeably.
The grant for FSM6 students in year 7-11 is £955.
Nationally, statistics show that Pupil Premium pupils:
We have developed our strategic aims for use of Pupil Premium funding for 2020-21 which can be found in the PDF below. This was approved by the Finance and Premises Committee in November 2020 and ratified by the Full Governing Body in January 2021.
The estimated funds allocated for the academic year 2020-2021 is £218,270.