- The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and is paid directly to the school as a grant.
- The Government allocates extra funding, Pupil Premium, to all schools, to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. As a group nationally, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
- Pupil Premium is based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for FSM at the school at any point in the last 6 years, and the number of looked after children and children who have been adopted.
- A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
- Although schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium at their discretion they are accountable for its use.
- Schools are required to publish online information about how they use the Premium and the impact of expenditure.
Our School Philosophy is that the school Staff, Parents and Governors will work together to make a difference. We recognise that good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students and therefore aim to offer education which is challenging, enjoyable and knowledge rich. We will have succeeded if our students show readiness for learning, readiness for life and are given the chance to achieve the best results possible.
Overcoming barriers to learning is at the heart of our Pupil Premium Strategy. We understand that needs and costs will differ depending on the barriers to learning being addressed. As such, we do not automatically allocate personal budgets per pupil in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant. Instead, we use evidence informed research to make decisions on the best approaches for all of our students. Details of how we do this using a tiered approach can be found in the Pupil Premium Strategy.
Setting priorities is key to maximising the use of the PPG. Our priorities are as follows:
- Ensuring all students have access to High Quality Teaching and Learning in every lesson.
- Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their peers.
- Providing targeted academic support for students who are not making the expected progress.
- Addressing non-academic barriers to attainment such as attendance, behaviour, mental health and adverse childhood experiences/trauma.
- Ensuring that the PPG reaches the students who need it most.
- Working with parents to ensure that children have the necessary resources for learning and are given opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities.