Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
The Department for Education believes that school leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching. The other two areas are target academic support and wider approaches such as counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing and help with the cost of educational trips or visits.
We believe in maximising the use of the pupil premium grant (PPG) through a long-term strategy aligned to the School Development Plan. This enables us to implement a blend of short, medium and long term interventions and strategies, and align pupil premium use with wider school improvements and improving readiness to learn. For example all children who are eligible for pupil premium have a key worker.
Because of small group sizes academic pupil progress data is difficult to compare year on year. In spite of this challenge, our PP children who left Y6 in July 2021, made at least expected progress in reading, writing and maths since Y2 from their respective starting points.
View the Pupil Premium Intervention and Support document which was presented to Governors in Autumn 2020.