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Pupil Premium is money allocated to schools by the government to ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged academically due to family circumstances.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and pupils who have been registered as the children of Service Personnel at any point in the last three years.

New measures have been included in national performance tables that capture the achievement of those groups covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools have also been required to publish online information about how the Pupil Premium has been used.

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our school aims for all pupils and is particularly significant since Cambridgeshire schools remain amongst the lowest funded in the country.

In making decisions about the deployment of Pupil Premium funds, the following principles are applied:

  • Teaching and learning opportunities must meet the needs of all pupils; this includes ensuring that needs are adequately assessed and addressed on an individual basis.
  • Whilst we are committed to ensuring that appropriate provision is made for pupils who meet the characteristics of nationally defined ‘vulnerable groups’, we ensure that we do not stereotype pupils (for example, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who have experienced Service Family life will have suffered academically because of their mobility).
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged academically are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. However, at least 75% of pupils included in any Pupil Premium funded activity will be made up of FSM (Free School Meals), LAC (Looked After Children) or Service Family children.
  • All our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress and moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in communication, social and emotional development, English, Maths and Science.
  • Provision will not be aimed exclusively at pupils with SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability). The school has a separate budget line for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion.
  • Provision the Governing Body may consider could include:
    • Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning and accelerating progress
    • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher or Learning Mentor focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
    • 1-1 support
    • additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies
    • Extra-curricular activities intended to promote the school’s aims
    • Places at Breakfast Club to support readiness for learning
    • Providing intensive support from an experienced teacher or Learning Mentor for pupils undergoing significant transition (e.g. moving schools)
    • Pastoral support from a qualified counsellor or play therapist
    • Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children to achieve Level 3 in KS1 or Levels 5 or 6 in KS2
    • To provide educational opportunities and life experiences which will enrich the pupils’ experience of school and learning (e.g. school trips and visits from professional and groups).

Reporting and Accountability
It is the responsibility of the Head teacher, or a delegated member of staff, to produce regular reports for the Governors’ Performance and Standards Committee on:

  • the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for pupils identified as belonging to vulnerable groups
  • an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support

It is the responsibility of the Chairperson of the Performance and Standards Committee to ensure this information is made known to the full Governing Body.

The above information will be held as part of the Governing Body’s Minutes and will be available on request from the School Office.

The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.  This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.

For information about how Pupil Premium money has been spent last year, please click on the documents below.

Pupil Premium Statement of Impact 2016-17
Pupil Premium Statement of Impact 2016-17 Word version
Pupil Premium Statement of Impact 2015-16 pdf version

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