Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the achievement gap between the most disadvantaged children in the country and their peers. It is awarded where there has been a family entitlement to free school meals (FSM) at any point within the last six years or where children have parents who are in the armed forces. Schools also receive an allocation for Looked After Children (LAC).
It is for schools to decide how best to use pupil premium funding in order to help close the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. The school recognises that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all socially disadvantage pupils are registered or qualify for free school meals. As such the school reserves the right to allocate funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has identified as socially disadvantaged.
School considers the vulnerabilities of all FSM and LAC children by identifying, assessing and monitoring children through a range of strategies, identifying gaps in their learning. The school implements strategies for improvement and measures the additional provision in terms of pupil achievement and cost effectiveness; measuring the progress pupils make. There is a regular, systematic whole school tracking of pupils’ progress by the leadership team, through the recording of data from internal and external test results, SEN, EAL, behaviour and attendance issues and any other issues identified through mentoring. This data is used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual pupils and groups; particularly those underachieving and also eligible for FSM. The data also highlights any gaps in the provision and provides the opportunity to detail the reasons for variations in effectiveness of strategies or interventions already in place and generate new ones. The Governing body also evaluates the impact after receiving a report on pupil progress and Pupil Premium spending through their various committee and Full Governing Body meetings.