What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils. Funding is allocated according to the number of pupils on the school roll who are eligible (or have been eligible in the past six years) for free school meals (FSM), are Post-Looked After Children (LAC) or who are currently LAC (in care for 6 months or more).
The pupil premium is allocated directly to schools. It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for pupils. Schools are accountable for how they have use the funding and must publish information about how they have/will used the premium.
We monitor the performance of all of our pupils. The school identifies intervention strategies for all pupils who are not making sufficient progress. This data is recorded and regularly reviewed according to pupil needs.
The strategies identified for raising the achievement of pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding are, with a few exceptions, available to support all pupils who are not on track, or who need support to access learning successfully.
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils that belong to vulnerable groups.
We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for Free School Meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as needing additional support to improve outcomes in learning and/or well-being.
The Governing Body's Resources Committee specifically monitors pupil premium spending and the impact it is having on pupils in terms of their progress and attainment.