In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money was allocated to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, the allocation has been extended to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years. The Government ambition behind the allocation of this funding is to close the gap between the achievement of pupils eligible for pupil premium and those who are not. At The Bluecoat School we are committed to meeting the social, pastoral and academic needs of all pupils within our school. The Pupil Premium funding enables us to meet any additional needs of children who may be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. Pupil Premium funding will be allocated to classes, groups or individuals based on their specific identified needs. The leadership of the school is responsible for determining how pupil premium funding will be allocated and for reviewing the effectiveness of the spending decisions to ensure maximum impact on closing the achievement gap for eligible pupils. However all staff and Governors at The Bluecoat School are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and take joint responsibility for closing the achievement gap. The Headteacher and senior leadership team are continually reviewing the success and impact of the use of the pupil premium grant to close the achievement gap for eligible pupils. The leadership team are examining and using respected evidence of high impact strategies using sources such as the recently published EFF Toolkit – Sutton Trust Research and other Government evidence establishing successful approaches to effective use of pupil premium grant in closing the achievement gap to inform future decisions and practice at The Bluecoat School.