Pupil Premium Funding
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding was launched by the Government in April 2011 in order to raise the attainment of pupils that may be vulnerable to under achievement, and close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is now allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years and for those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
The money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
As a school, we decide how the Pupil Premium is allocated and we are accountable for the use of the funds. We have a responsibility to report on the progress of children receiving Pupil Premium and demonstrate how we are using the grant to have a positive impact.
It is our aim to ensure that all children from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to make the same or better progress than their peers.
- At Stone St Mary's, we organise teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of all of our children.
- We arrange appropriate provision for children from vulnerable groups and for those who may be socially disadvantaged, to ensure that their needs are accurately assessed and met.
- We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive, or have received, free school meals, or who are in care.
- We aim to include parents (along with our own needs analysis and including input from staff in school) to decide how the Pupil Premium could be best spent for each child.
- It may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will receive pupil premium interventions at any one time.