Pupil Premium Strategy
The Pupil Premium is a funding provided by government aimed at supporting and broadening the achievements of less advantaged children. The criteria used to identify less advantaged children includes: children from low-income families who are or have been eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
The school’s allocation of this funding for the last 2 years is as follows:
Pupil Premium grant allocation for 2015/16 was £15,840
Pupil Premium grant allocation for 2016/17 is £12,760
As a school we strive to provide an inclusive curriculum that gives all pupils opportunities to fulfil their potential. The numbers of pupils eligible for pupil premium are very small currently only 4.1% of the school population.
The barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils have no set pattern within such small cohorts and each and every pupil’s unique circumstances are taken into account when considering how best to spend the school’s pupil premium allocation.
To ensure the greatest impact in diminishing the differences between those eligible for pupil premium and other pupils, we have used the additional funding provided by the pupil premium, and other school resources, to ensure that all pupils who are part of the pupil premium cohort are taught to a good standard, and that the lowest attaining pupils within this group, or those who are not making adequate progress receive extra support to accelerate their learning and ensure their emotional well being.
Pupils who require additional support are identified through regular target setting meetings across the school, communication with parents and other agencies. Interventions to accelerate progress for priority individuals and groups of pupils are identified according to need. These groups are continuously monitored and evaluated.
The school uses pupil premium to help the funding of well qualified LSAs who support our SENcO and provide 1:1 and small group support to pupils. A significant figure has been used in the last year for LSA training to ensure good quality focussed support. Funding is also used to support families to ensure all pupils can participate in activities such as residentials and music lessons.
The impact of the pupil premium allocation is measured through careful monitoring of the progress, attainment and wellbeing of those pupils eligible as part of pupil progress meetings throughout the year. The Strategy is also reviewed at these times.
Numbers of pupils in the pupil premium group are very small (4.1% of the total cohort) and consequently, to avoid individual indentification of pupils, the school has not published achievement data concerning these pupils on the website. If you have any further queries with regard to pupil premium, please do not hesitate to contact the school.