What is Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupil Premium is a form of additional funding in addition to main school funding given to schools to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. This funding is to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it the most.
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools, it is at the schools discretion as to how this funding is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for that individual child. The funding is allocated to schools per FSM pupil.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low- income families.
New measures are included in the performance tables to capture the the achievements of these pupils.
From September 2012 schools have been required to publish online how the funding has been spent.
To close the achievement gap by insuring that any pupil at risk of under achieving are identified and supported.
Rationale for Allocated funding.
The following principles will be applied to ensure effective use of our Pupil Premium funding:
Consistent high quality teaching and learning in classrooms, which meets the needs of all students, is key to maximising progress.
For students to access the curriculum, they need to feel safe and secure as well as mastering the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. Targeted interventions should be focused firstly on their welfare and then on their academic needs. Data should be used regularly to monitor impact and adapt interventions if necessary.
The most effective teaching or intervention programmes need to have a proven track record of achieving success and be measurable.
Disadvantaged students have a range of needs and must not be treated as a single group. Specifically eligibility should not be confused with ability! Able disadvantaged students must be challenged to achieve their potential.
Individual barriers to learning including behaviour, attendance, welfare and access to extracurricular opportunities must be identified early.
Transition from Primary school must include identification of the basic skills gaps that exist among eligible pupils so that appropriate early intervention can be delivered as well as welfare concerns and issues.
Disadvantaged students should have a high profile with all staff and be at the centre of planning decisions at all levels of leadership.
Disadvantaged students must be given opportunities to develop their aspirations and be provided with clear advice and guidance on future pathways.
Effective links with parents of disadvantaged students should be established to help them support their child’s learning.
Pupil Premium funding allocation must be discussed with a strategic overview by SLT as well as link governors.
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