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The government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on the school census numbers of children who have claimed FSM in the past six years (Ever 6). These funds are in addition to the main school budget. There is a requirement to report on how the Pupil Premium is being spent and to evaluate the impact on pupil attainment and achievement.
Our school community reflects the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population of Luton. Pakistani and Bangladeshi families are the predominate minority ethnic group, however the school also has children from Eastern Europe, Africa, Somalia and Afghanistan, to name a few. The social context of the area indicates that we are in a below national average social class and unemployment in Luton is much higher than the regional average rate. We have above average number of children eligible for Free School Meals and Special Educational Needs. An average number of pupils are identified as More and Most Able, therefore the curriculum is tailored with this in mind. The school receives pupils with higher than average levels of attainment from the neighbouring infant school. We have a higher than national average mobile community with a very high and increasing EAL and multi ethnic population.