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Pupil Premium Funding - What is it?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to local authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs), voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement, special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS) and academies and free schools, including special and AP academies.
It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – which is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). This is one of the current government’s key education policies and it is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time consistently have lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
Pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces are entitled to claim pupil premium funding.
The money is allocated to the school in quarterly instalments and they decide how to use it to improve the educational outcomes for the entitled children. The pupil premium has the potential to have a great impact on the attainment, and future life chances, of pupils.
How is it spent?
At High Crags we understand that all children are different and have different needs and requirements in order to achieve. The funding that we receive as a school is therefore spent in a wide variety of ways in order to bring about maximum benefit for the individual child.
A large proportion of our funding is spent on providing additional targeted classroom support. In school we have a provision map that identifies all of the children that receive pupil premium, their current academic achievements, the support that is in place for them, the staff member that provides this and the impact that it is having. We also track their academic progress separately so that we can compare it to national expectations and similar schools.
Our provision plan identifies how we have spent the money each year.
What impact is it having?
At the end of each academic year we will evaluate the pupil premium provision.