What is Pupil Premium?
The Government considers the Pupil Premium to be a key element of their education policy. Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. These include pupils from low income families; children in care and the children of armed service personnel.
For the academic year 2020-2021, £1,345 has been allocated to schools for any pupil who has been registered for Free School Meals in the last six years along with looked-after children who have been in continuous care for more than six months. In addition, a Service Child Premium of £310 per pupil has been allocated to children with parents in the armed services in recognition for the particular challenges that they face.
This year, the Government has invested a total £1.25 billion in the Pupil Premium.
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making 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. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time
What do we do with the money?
At Crockerton School we are committed to ensuring that all our children make the best possible progress and attainment. We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure that each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background.
The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and attainment and to give additional support when required.
This funding is used for the provision and implementation of individual and small group support in literacy, maths and social skills. Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants deliver various intervention programmes to ensure that all children identified as needing extra support are given the maximum opportunity to reach their potential.
Below are reports relating to the Pupil Premium Grant. They describe income and expenditure and contain information about the attainment of eligible children compared with others. There is also a statement relating to Service children.