The Government introduced a new factor into funding for schools for those students classified as disadvantaged. This is a specific quantity of money allocated to a single student who has been in receipt of free school meals within the last six years or those who are or have been in care.
The aim of this specific funding is to close the attainment gap between these students and the rest of the school community and to encourage greater inclusion. It is for schools to decide how the disadvantaged funding is spent, since we are best placed to assess the individual needs of those students within our school. Although we are free to spend the fund as we deem it appropriate, we are held accountable for how we have spent it and the impact that it has had on this group of students.