Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money for children from deprived backgrounds, as research shows that those children are more at risk of underachieving, compared to their non-deprived peers. The funding is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential. Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding, in addition to main school funding, which schools receive according to the number of children in specific groups. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for:
- Children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- Children who are looked after (they are in Local Authority Care)
- Children adopted from care and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
- Children recorded as ‘ever 4’ service children or are in receipt of a child pension from the ministry of defence
The Government do not dictate how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment and to narrow the gap. Schools and governors will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and school performance tables include measures that show the attainment of pupils receiving PP in comparison to their peers. All schools are required to publish, on their websites, the amount of funding that they have received and how the money is being used.
As a school, we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM. We reserve the right to allocate PP funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils across the school, who we identify have needs. Therefore, PP money is used to enhance their life chances and experiences also.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from, but what you can achieve that makes the difference between success and failure. We know that pupils learn more effectively if they feel valued, happy and secure, and we have established a caring positive environment in which individuals can flourish.
Pupil Premium Lead – Mr P Allen
Pupil Premium Governor – Mr C Gilbertson