What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), which is additional to main school funding, is provided to support the learning of pupils who:
- are eligible for free school meals (FSM) now
- have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6)
- are or have been looked after in the past 3 years (CLA)
- are children of parents currently working in the armed forces (SERVICE).
It is for schools to decide how best to use the funding in order to help these children overcome barriers to learning and close any academic gaps with their peers.
What are the typical barriers to learning?
Typical barriers to learning that may be faced by vulnerable pupils in our school include:
- Low language levels when starting EYFS, leading to social communication difficulties, difficulties with reading and writing, which can also limit a child’s ability to access other areas of learning
- Complex or broken family structures, which can lead to family stress, limiting the level of learning support at home and preventing children from flourishing
- Having additional Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, which increases the challenges for learning
- Experiencing limited or a narrow variety of learning / life opportunities outside school compared with peers
- Emotional & social needs including low self-esteem, low parental aspirations or a fixed mindset, which limits learning
By knowing individual children very well, speaking with parents and drawing on research identifying effective support strategies, the school aims to use the PPG to improve the academic progress and hence future life chances of vulnerable pupils.
How does the school use the PPG?
The school governors meet annually to review the strategies used regarding Pupil Premium. Click here to see the agreed approach given in the school's Pupil Premium Policy.