Pupil Premium/Literacy Catch-Up
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs. This is an essential part of the ethos of the whole school community. Children who are considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ are, like all other children in our care, valued, respected and entitled to reach their full potential.
The Pupil Premium is a relatively new Government initiative (started in April 2011) that targets extra money at pupils in Years 7 to 11 from deprived backgrounds (known as disadvantaged pupils). Research shows that these pupils underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers, and the premium is provided to help them to achieve their potential.
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is received at the start of each financial year; the amount of funding received is based on the number of disadvantaged pupils on roll at the school in the January School Census prior to the start of the financial year. The definition of a disadvantaged pupil (as defined through the Pupil Premium) is as follows:
- a pupil who has been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the previous six years; or
- a pupil who has been looked after by the local authority for at least one day; or
- a pupil who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002; or
- a pupil who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; or
- the child of service personnel.
The Government does not dictate how schools should spend this money, but is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their disadvantaged pupils and to ‘narrow the gap.' Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and school performance tables have been changed to include new measures that show how the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compares with that of their peers.
In order to meet the above requirements, the school will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.
As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the Governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through termly pupil progress meetings.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
The Governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The Inclusion Leader, in conjunction with the PPG Assistant Head and Headteacher, will maintain an on-going programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils, which will be subject to the oversight of the Governors’ Learning & Teaching Committee.