The Government provides schools and academies with a ‘pupil premium’ which is additional to main school funding. This funding is provided to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Disadvantaged pupils include those who are eligible to receive a free school meal or have been eligible in the last six years, children who are in ‘care’ or have been in ‘care’ in the last six months and pupils whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
Pupil Premium funding gives our most disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils an opportunity to flourish.
- To ensure that all pupils from vulnerable groups have the opportunity to meet or exceed expectations by providing them with additional interventions
- To ensure the gap in attainment between children who receive free school meals and children who don’t is reduced
- To provide targeted support to improve the attainment and life chances of disadvantaged children
- To ensure that the strategies we adopt are successful, positively impact on the achievement of vulnerable pupils and provide good value for money
- To encourage parents and carers to apply for free school meals, where pride, stigma or changing circumstances can act as barriers
- To continually raise staff awareness of the potential barriers to learning for free school and LAC pupils and our extra responsibility we have towards such groups
- To focus on improving numeracy and literacy skills
- To ensure that all teachers are responsible for the progress of disadvantaged pupils
- To ensure rigorous tracking of disadvantaged pupils’ progress with interventions to ensure they make good progress
- To continually improve the school’s tracking procedures
- To continue to closely monitor pupil attendance and use a range of strategies