Pupil Premium Lead - Mrs Alix Twine (EYFS/KS1) Mrs R Hannis (KS2)
Free School Meals
What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds.
At Abbeymead we use pupil premium funding to maximise achievement by...
- Using funding to help remove barriers to success by ensuring the provision of targeted support and enrichment opportunities that promote core skills.
- Working closely with parents and carers to support children with their learning.
- Working with all members of the school community to ensure children make expected or better than expected progress, by ensuring high-quality teaching and feedback.
- Ensuring all members of the school community have high expectations of pupils to achieve.
- Identify barriers, monitor progress and amend interventions to ensure effective teaching and learning takes place.
- Ensure disadvantaged children remain a high accountability group by maintaining a high profile with staff.
- To encourage pupils to have high aspirations for their future by providing a fair environment, where all are encouraged to achieve.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
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