Pupil Premium strategy
The strategy that the school has adopted is one of focusing any money directly on improving pupils’ outcomes through high quality teaching and interventions. We do not isolate these pupils, teaching them alongside their peers for the majority of the time, supplemented with individual interventions to suit individual needs. It is important for their self-esteem that they can achieve alongside their peers, some of whom are not in this group but have similar needs.
Additional funding is allocated to enable us to support all our disadvantaged children. More able PP pupils are identified and work alongside their peers to ensure they achieve their very best.
This strategy has been very effective over a number of years for PP children and other children within the school, as reflected in our results in all year groups. We analyse the performance of all children on a termly basis and make any changes to provision as necessary.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM. “ Pupil premium is not personal budget allocated to individual eligible pupils - it is funding awarded to schools based on the number of eligible pupils on roll. It is at the discretion of school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium within the requirements of the conditions set by government.” (Source – SCC website) The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
We have no children eligible for Pupil Premium for academic year 2021-22.
We have one child who is eligible for Service Pupil Premium for academic year 2020-21. Please click to view document