The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for pupils who have been looked after and pupils of service personnel. In addition, the funding now supports those children who have special guardianship orders, but have previously been in the care of the LA. The Pupil Premium is used strategically to ensure maximum impact on attainment. As a school we will work hard to support disadvantaged pupils. We will regularly review our actions and their impact, and add or remove initiatives to ensure continued success, raised aspirations and to limit social exclusion.
- We are committed to ‘narrowing the gap’ between all pupils and any specific cohort or group of pupils.
- We will ensure teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of our pupils.
- We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups; this ensures that the needs of pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium to support any pupil or group of pupils we have legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.
- Funds will be allocated following an analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals.
- Not all eligible pupils will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.
To close the ‘in school’ gap between the disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils; To increase the percentage of disadvantaged pupils ‘Working At’ age related expectations and ‘Greater Depth’ in Reading, Writing and Maths