Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools from the government to tackle the barriers that financial disadvantage produces for young learners. The purpose of the funding is to narrow the achievement gap for disadvantaged (DA) students.
The funding is allocated based on the number of students who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last six years of their education. It also includes any “looked after children” and children who have parents in the Armed Forces. Schools decide how the “Pupil Premium” allocation is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
- The Pupil Premium grant is a tool to tackle disadvantage in all its forms, helping to remove any barriers faced by students.
- Expectations are high for all student groups and individuals. We do not equate deprivation and challenge with low ability.
- We recognise that not all students who qualify for Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged students qualify or are registered for Free School Meals. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all students.
- We ensure that all teaching and learning is designed to meet the needs of all individuals and groups. Additional support is integrated into the teaching programme.
- Research, trialling and self- evaluation are used in order to allocate funding to activities that are most likely to have an impact on achievement.
- We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any student or group of students the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- The pupil premium strategy is reviewed every September and the next review is scheduled for September 2022.