Pupil premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Principles
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop his/her full potential, irrespective of need. We work closely with parents to identify barriers to future attainment.

Background
The pupil premium targets extra funding for pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows these students underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils to reach their potential.

The Government have used pupils entitled to free school meals, children of service personnel and children looked after as an indicator for deprivation and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based upon the number registered for FSM (or who have been previously).

The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these students to increase their attainment and narrow the gap.

In the current year 2018-2019 school will receive £1320 per pupil who is currently eligible for Free School Meals or who has been in the past 6 years. The school will also receive a higher rate of funding, £1900 for any pupil who is ‘Looked after’ or adopted from care.

What is it spent on?

When the  school receives pupil premium for a pupil we make sure that it is spent in ways that enable particular barriers to learning (such as well-being, confidence, SEND or low attendance) to be reduced so that those pupils can make as good progress as those who are not disadvantaged.  This may be in the following ways, although these are only examples and would be tailored to individual children:

  • Small group intervention programmes that are show to accelerate progress as evidenced by organisations such as The Sutton Trust
  • 1:1 tuition in English or Maths
  • Participation in music lessons to raise self confidence
  • Access to a school counsellor
  • Enable children to access activities and rich experiences such as educational visits

(During the last 2 academic years the school has not been in receipt of any Pupil Premium funding.)

This statement and strategy is reviewed annually.  Next review September 2019