Subject: The Pupil Premium. Issues of uptake and entitlement to Free School Meals.
Author: Judith Longstreth
Date: April 2013
Summary: This paper originated as a result of an enquiry following examination of the data in one secondary school. The school has a growing number of bilingual pupils, a substantial number of whom have arrived recently from Eastern Europe. The BME group in the school (nearly all bilingual) had half the number of pupils on FSM compared to the general school population. This is in contrast to the national average of EAL pupils being 1.7 times more likely to receive FSM. (1). This of course has impact on the amount of Pupil Premium available to the school in question (£600 per pupil.) It was decided to explore further.