The Pupil Premium is a government grant, introduced in April 2011, that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that these pupils generally underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is given to schools so that they can provide additional support for these pupils and ensure they reach their potential.
The Government calculates how much Pupil Premium money each school receives by looking at the number of children at the school who are registered for free school meals, and at the number of children in local authority care. These are used as general indicators of deprivation. The school then receives a fixed amount of money per pupil registered for free school meals or in care.
The Government is not dictating how schools should spend this money, but schools have to show that they are using it effectively to narrow the achievement gap between children from deprived backgrounds and others. School performance tables will now include information about the attainment of pupils from deprived backgrounds compared with their peers.
The school uses the Pupil Premium grant to run targeted interventions (some ongoing, some new) for pupils from vulnerable groups, and Governors ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately addressed. Children’s progress is monitored through termly meetings between the school’s senior management and class teachers, and governors receive reports on the results.
The Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. They also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The Inclusion Leader, along with the other members of the SLT, will maintain an ongoing programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils, which will be overseen by the Governors’ Curriculum Committee.
The school’s Governing Body will continue to monitor teaching and learning throughout the school to make sure it meets the needs of all pupils, including those from deprived backgrounds.
For more detailed information regarding how we spend our Pupil Premium funding please see: