Pupil Premium is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after under local authority care for 1 day or more.
The Pupil Premium is designed to support schools to raise the attainment for the groups of children who are entitled to it, using strategies that will often benefit all pupils within the school, through improving the quality of teaching, putting in place targeted academic support and implementing strategies across school that will support non-academic challenges, such as attendance and social needs.
The DfE has indicated that Head Teachers can decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They will be held accountable for the decisions they make through:
In order to support the decision making process for how the funding is used across school, we first look at the needs of our Pupil Premium eligible pupils, identifying what these needs are using our in-depth knowledge of the pupils in our care. We then use research based evidence to find effective strategies that will enable these needs to be supported, developing and implementing our strategy based on this.
The main barriers to attainment for our pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding include:
Through the use of our pupil premium funding, we aim to:
Our 2023/24 pupil premium strategy and evaluation of 2022/23 can be found here.