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The Pupil Premium is an additional grant of money provided to schools by the government aimed at reducing the educational effects of disadvantage.
The government believes that it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances and intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
When commenting on how successful schools use the Pupil Premium to narrow the attainment gap, the Department of Education said:
‘Evidence shows that the most effective schools achieve this through a combination of high quality teaching, strong leadership, a relevant and coherent curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted catch-up and enrichment activities.’
Department for Education
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Schools are allocated additional funding for children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. It is also paid on the basis of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
To find out if your child is eligible, please contact Mrs Jemma Hughes or Mrs Jane Prior in our school office.
We have developed our new Pupil Strategy with support from other schools within the Trust and beyond and backed up by evidence from the DfE and Education Endowment Foundation. As a school we have ten key targets that we believe will improve outcomes for all pupils. We are aware that the DfE has suggested that a PP strategy can be taken as a long term vision and strategic plan for three years. However, as this is a new strategy for our school and because of the changes in year to year of cohorts and the differing needs of our learners, we have decided to maintain a yearly strategy plan that can be regularly reviewed and improved.
Pupil Premium Aspirations:
We endeavour to provide opportunities in all aspects of school life for our pupils to believe in themselves, achieve beyond their expectations and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life.
We have devised 10 key aspirations which will be regularly shared with staff, parents and our learners. Our number one aspiration, backed up by evidence and research from the DfE and EFF, is that all Pupil Premium children receive high quality teaching every day. This is something we have spent the last year developing and will continue to work on as we move forward on our school improvement journey to ensure our pupils make good progress from their starting points.
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