The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM), those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium (allocated to schools per FSM pupil) is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. Historically levels of attainment have been lower for FSM, this is also a national trend. Through targeted interventions we are working towards eliminating barriers to learning and progress that include:
• Application of basic English and Maths skills
• Reading comprehension skills
• Mathematical reasoning skills
• Opportunities to learn at greater depth
• Parental engagement with school - particularly regarding attendance and supporting learning at home
• Social and emotional needs which impact upon pupils’ ability to learn
Many of our children start school with very low attainment levels. Our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress as they move through the school.
The next pupil premium review will take place January 2019.