The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money to pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows are more likely to underachieve when compared with their peers.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for entitlement to this funding, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals. Looked After Children and those of Armed Service Personnel are also eligible for this increased funding. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils.
The identified barriers and challenges for our children are identified in our yearly spending plan.
To measure the achievement of our disadvantaged children we have a rigorous approach to assessment. We hold termly cohort pupil progress meetings where we review the progress and attainment of all our disadvantaged pupils. A review of the Pupil Premium spending plan is carried out annually.
Please see our Pupil Premium Spending Plan which will be reviewed September 2021.