The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the
current underlying issues between children eligible for FSM and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
It is a legal requirement for schools to publish details of their Pupil Premium allocation outlining the spending of this money and the impact that this spending has had on the attainment of pupils in respect of whom the funding was allocated.
- The vast majority of our pupils (89.5%) come from the 20% most deprived areas
- We aim to ensure that all pupils make good progress
- Appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs for socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive FSM will 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 Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has legitimately identified as being vulnerable or socially disadvantaged
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving FSM will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.
What are our main aims?
- To close the in-school attainment gap for those children in receipt of free school meals and those who are not.
- To close the gap between school attainment and national attainment.
All our work through the pupil premium is aimed at moving children towards age related expectations and/or accelerating progress. Predominantly, this is in English and Maths but support will also be put in place to develop aspirations, self-esteem and develop social skills to facilitate learning. Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children who are socially disadvantaged to achieve higher levels at the end of each key stage.