The government launched additional funding for schools called Pupil Premium. It is money for the school to target the needs of more disadvantaged pupils. They include:
- Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 6 recorded as Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM)
- Looked After Children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
- Service Children – Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 6 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
From September 2012, the funding has been widened to include all pupils who have been eligible for FSM or LAC within the last 6 years.
The governors allocate pupil premium funding in order to support all eligible pupils to achieve at least age related expectations or better.
The following strategies and interventions are being provided to ensure all pupils including pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding reach their full potential:
- Good, high quality teaching across the school
- Daily feedback to pupils on their learning and time for the pupils to respond during early work
- Small group work with the class teacher and/or the Teaching Assistant to close the gaps in learning
- Attendance Officer – to ensure pupils have a high attendance rate
- Work matched to the ability of the pupils
- Good professional development for staff – mentoring and coaching teams across the school to share best practice
The progress and attainment are tracked and monitored carefully for all pupils including pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium. Reviews and evaluation of the strategies are conducted regularly and provision is changed accordingly. Parents are informed of these changes 6 times a year. On-Track meetings and Pupil Progress Meetings take place with the Senior Leadership Team to identify, analyse and evaluate the progress of all pupils, to take steps to address any gaps in learning and to ensure all pupils make at least good progress or better.