What is Pupil Premium?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
Chesterton Primary School receives a Pupil Premium Grant for:
- pupils currently registered for Free School Meals;
- pupils who have ever been registered for Free School Meals in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM);
- children who have been in care for one day or more, or are registered on the school census as having been adopted from care;
- children of service personnel.
We aim for every single one of our pupil premium funded children, for whom there are no additional barriers to learning, to reach at least national expectations in all areas.
As a minimum, we want this group to at least match the level at which all non-disadvantaged pupils nationally, and within the school, achieve - both with regards to attainment and progress.
We also aim to have the attendance of our pupil premium funded children to match the attendance of all non-disadvantaged pupils nationally and within the school.
We monitor those children who generate Pupil Premium funding and evaluate the impact of strategies employed to ensure that funds are spent on helping them make good or better progress.
Our current priorities are:
- The identification and targeting of gaps in learning for so that rates of progress can be accelerated to ensure that those receiving pupil premium funding achieve expected outcomes.
- To provide support for the development of social and emotional well-being through additional adult support and counselling sessions to facilitate emotional development.
- To ensure equality of access to experiences that will raise attainments and open up opportunities for all.
Did you know?
A school's Pupil Premium allocation is based upon the number of eligible pupils a school has. However, Government research in the last couple of years has shown that around 14% of the 1.4 million children in England entitled to receive free school meals are not claiming them and, for this reason, we would encourage all of our families to check their eligibility. It is noteworthy that a child who is registered for Free School Meals does not have to have these; the fact of being registered will, however, attract additional funding for the child's school.
Are your children registered for Free School Meals?
Are you unsure whether they are eligible? Then why not ask?