The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, 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 (Free School Meal) 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.
The funding we receive is used in the following ways:
- To provide intervention programmes for underachieving pupils and those with SEN (Special Educational Needs).
- To employ additional support staff to help provide a targeted level of support to some of our most vulnerable children so they can make the progress expected of them, particularly in Reading, Writing and Maths
- To provide one-to-one tuition for some pupils.
- To provide short term intervention programmes for under achieving pupils and those with SEN so our most vulnerable children can make the progress expected of them.
- Ensuring that the qualifying children as all others have their needs clearly identified and their progress closely monitored through the school
- To subsidise educational visits. For some children this has a huge impact on their self-esteem and confidence.
- To ensure that all children are able to start the school year in uniform.
All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.
The 2017/2018 strategy statement is currently under review and published in draft form waiting approval from the governing body.