What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools with pupils on roll who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years. It is also allocated (at a lower rate) for pupils on roll from Service backgrounds.
The Government has stated that schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils in school and for them to reach their potential.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
- We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
Pupil premium is not ring fenced at school level. Schools are trusted to use the funding for the purpose it was intended but in creative ways that deliver the intended outcomes and displays best practice.
Pupil premium provision will be regularly monitored by senior leaders and adapted meet the needs of the children in school.
The range of provision our school may consider making for this group of pupils could include:
- Provision of additional resources and materials to support learning
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through Continuing Professional Development from external agencies and internally.
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher/teaching assistant/special needs assistant focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1 – 1 support
All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in communication, English and Maths. Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on Free School Meals to achieve at a higher level.