Pupil Premium funding is given to schools to address underlying social inequalities, and is aimed at tackling disadvantage in children’s lives. Our school thinks very carefully about how best to spend this funding and monitors the impact of this spending thoroughly.
Typically children who qualify for pupil premium funding enter our school with low starting points compared to their non-pupil premium peers. Their Reception base line assessments are therefore lower in all areas compared to their peers – this includes physical as well as academic areas of development. In addition to this, pupil premium pupils often also present with a lack of resilience and may need additional social and emotional support to make good progress. School data indicates that there is a higher likelihood of a child going on to be diagnosed with a special educational need if they are eligible for pupil premium funding.
In our school,the pupil premium and high needs funding for 2018/19 otals £272,351. The pupil premium element of this figure (£229,860) remains about the same as last year (£228,360). We have a very clear and holistic strategy in place for supporting our pupil premium children and this support enables them to make very good progress both academically and socially and emotionally.