“Equity is not the same as equality. It means schools doing more for some children than others in order to create a more level playing field. Recognising that some children have a very narrow experience outside school and providing them with additional opportunities is an important step in ensuring that they can make the most of their educational opportunities.
Disadvantaged 11-year-olds will have done many fewer of the activities than their better-off peers – and that is the way it will remain for these young people unless schools make additional opportunities available to them, either through extra-curricular activities or through focused financially-supported visits.”
Sir John Dunford
(TES, January 2016)
Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.