Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in 2011/12. It provides additional funding to help schools ‘close the gap’ between children who are vulnerable to underachievement and all other children at the school.
In 2015/2016 schools were given £1,320 for each child who had been registered for Free School Meals in the last six years or £1,900 for looked-after children who have been in continuous care for more than six months. This is because there is lots of evidence that many of these children are left behind and therefore underachieve.
In addition to this money, Service Child Premium of £300 per pupil has also been allocated to children with parents in the armed services in recognition for the particular challenges that they face. We carefully base our spending on the needs of all of our children.
We target, where necessary, Pupil Premium to close gaps of attainment where needed. We base our spending on, ‘The Sutton Trust Toolkit of Strategies to Improve Learning: Summary for Schools Spending the Pupil Premium’. This evaluates a range of strategies that can be employed to ‘remove the barriers to learning’ and raise attainment and improve progress and assesses their cost effectiveness.
The school’s strategy for the 2016/17 year identifies the following barriers to educational achievement amongst its pupils eligible for the pupil premium :- lack of access to extra-curricular activities, residential and day visits and after school clubs, poor attendance, low levels of parental engagement and social and emotional needs that lead to poor behaviour.
We review our Pupil Premium Strategies each term. Parents and carers can help the school claim all the money they can by making sure that if their child is eligible they complete a short application form to register.