Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
Background to Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative where schools receive additional funding to support pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. Pupil Premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Charford we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all Pupil Premium pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team and a link governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium. Also, within each year group, there is a teacher responsible for overseeing the pupil premium children in that cohort. At Charford our numbers of FSM children has meant that our pupil premium money has
represented a significant proportion of our budget and we have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending. First and foremost we ensure that teaching is always consistently good or better. In addition we also ensure that:
• spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment;
• data is used effectively to identify gaps in attainment and progress. Interventions are then planned accordingly;
• interventions have a positive impact on closing gaps;
• all children can access experiences beyond the classroom.
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and which children need to be targeted in order to close any gaps.
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.
To view our Pupil Premium Statement, Policy and Strategies, please use the link below to access our Policies and Documents Library. The most recent statement can be found below.