In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding as a means to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). In 2012-13, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. In addition, children whose parents work in the Forces or children who are Looked After Children/adopted also receive a grant. As schools are best placed to assess the needs of individual pupils the pupil premium is allocated to them to decide how it should be utilised. The money is allocated to initiatives to ensure these pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Principles of the Pupil Premium Funding: We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of children who receive the pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupil premium children will be disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals and they will, from time to time, be included in group interventions with children receiving the pupil premium grant. All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress so that all children meet their expectations both academically and socially.
Monitoring Impact and Success Accelerated progress targets are set for each child who is eligible for pupil premium and rates of individual and class progress are monitored by class teachers and the leadership team of the school. In turn, this progress is reported to Governors each term. Progress is measured by the number of national curriculum points each child achieves each term and the number of points progress they achieve over time. Provision for pupils for whom pupil premium provides additional support is also measured through observations of lessons (how much progress they make) and scrutiny of their work (to measure progress over time).
Reporting to Parents Parents will be able to obtain information on the pupil premium via this page on the website. This will be updated annually.