Pupil Premium Strategy
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals or have been eligible for Free School Meals during the previous six years (known as Ever 6), receive Pupil Premium funding, as are children whose Parents/Carers are in the services. Children who have been Looked After for one day or more, were adopted from care, have a special guardianship order or a residence order receive Pupil Premium Plus funding.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. Each individual school is held accountable for how they use their Pupil Premium allocation, in order that the funding is targeted towards those pupils who need it the most.
It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. Each school is responsible for monitoring both the use of the funding an the impact it is having upon relevant pupils. Measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding.
Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. Our aim continues to be to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers; in particular, we are focusing on closing the gap of our higher attainers. We also aim to continue to further develop resilient learners, by enthusing all children to become avid learners. In addition to this, we want all children to be able to talk confidently about their learning, where they are and what they need to do to improve. We will continue to ensure that all learners, including our disadvantaged learners, live by life’s highest values and reach their greatest potential.