Pupil Premium is a Government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. Specifically, the Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years (Ever 6) or those children who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA).
Pupil Premium has a value of £1345 per eligible pupil, £2345 for children who are looked after, and a smaller provision of £310 for those pupils who have a parent in the armed services. Neither the Government or any Government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent; schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think is best to raise the attainment for the most vulnerable pupils and narrow the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils.
The children in our school who are eligible for Free School Meals, and consequently generate Pupil Premium, are spread across the school, varying from Reception to Year 6. Regular assessments and close tracking enables us to target these children throughout their school life to ensure that they make the same progress as their peers.
In developing provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority groups or individuals. The needs of the individual are paramount in this process and are always the starting point when developing our teaching and learning strategies.
Details of our Pupil Premium allocation for 2023/2024 and the impact and effect of its expenditure can be viewed below: