Pupil Premium – What is it and what is it for?
As you are probably aware, the Government give funding to schools for all children entitled to free school meals. This is a significant amount of money and we would encourage everyone who is entitled to Free School Meals to apply for them, even if your child prefers packed lunch. There are other added benefits, Pupil Premium being one. More information on Free School Meals is available from the school office.
The Department of Education say:
“It is for the schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is allocated, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.”
The school has been able to use this funding to ensure that those pupils and pupils from vulnerable groups make good progress, as well as children working at a higher level of attainment. Examples of which are:
- One to one, small group intensive teaching and social groups.
- Additional Teaching Assistant support cover.
- Subsidised school trips.
- Non-class based groups for vulnerable children and those experiencing other emotional problems.
- Extended school support in the form of after school clubs, residential visits, and equipment.