The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and the funding, in addition to main school funding, is to help address national inequalities between the achievement of children from low-income families. In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive £935 funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years and £1,900 for each looked-after or adopted student.
The funding is spent in a range of ways, outlined in the comprehensive online strategy. Each year, the impact of spending is evaluated to ensure that disadvantaged students are receiving the most benefits and that the Academy is achieving the best value for money. These students are also systematically tracked so that underachieving students receive timely and targeted interventions, for instance, through the Year 11 Nexus group, which aims to motivate, monitor and reward students.