Currently 10% of our pupils are pupil premium in school (15 children)
What is it?
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that provides extra funding aimed at pupils from
disadvantaged backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers and that there is a strong link between eligibility for free school meals and underachievement. The Pupil Premium is designed to help each school boost the attainment of disadvantaged children and reduce the gap between the highest and lowest achievers.
The government has used pupils’ entitlement to free school meals (FSM) and children looked after by the local authority (LAC) as an indicator for deprivation. The funding is allocated according to the number of pupils on roll who have been eligible for free school meals at any point during the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever6 FSM’), an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more, an allocation for children adopted from care or under a special residency or guardianship order and a smaller amount for the children of service families to be put to use to support any social or emotional needs this group of children may have.
It is for schools to decide how best to utilise the Pupil Premium funding and the DFE acknowledges that ‘schools are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need’. (DFE 2013)
Schools are held to account for how they have spent the money and information on the funding grant has to be published on the school website.
We ensure that all pupils’ learning needs are met appropriately, including Pupil Premium funded children, fully understanding that it is not the additional funding that will close the gap between this group of children and their peers but how we use it. We also recognise that some pupils who do not receive Pupil Premium funding may also have significant barriers to learning and we reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to any child who has been rightly identified as vulnerable or disadvantaged and at risk of not achieving as well as their peers.
Pupil Premium funding will be used on a needs’ basis linked to our tracking of individual children’s progress and that this funding does not equate children on FSM as ‘low ability’ due to their economic circumstances.
The school strives to raise the attainment of this group of children
Staff and governors will:
- ensure Pupil Premium income and expenditure is clearly identifiable within the school budget and will encourage take up of FSM by working proactively with parents and carers, in a sensitive and supportive manner, to remove any potential barriers or stigma attached to claiming FSM.
- have regard for the latest research on how to best narrow attainment gaps and will adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of our children.
- all staff will share responsibility for narrowing the gap and will work together to decide the most effective strategies.
- Miss Clarke, along with Mrs Pamplin oversee the tracking of pupil premium children. Each teacher, each half term tracks pupil premium children’s attainment and progress and relevant actions are put into place, recorded and the impact of strategies evaluated.
For further information about Pupil Premium please visit:
If you are not sure if your child would be eligible for FSM, please use the sources below to help you.
Please speak to Mrs Jones, school secretary or contact the Cornwall Council on www.cornwall.gov.uk/schoolmeals or tel: 0300 1234 101.