Our school receives additional funding via the Pupil Premium to help ensure that all groups of children have the opportunity to achieve well. Funding is linked to the number of pupils who take free school meals, are ‘Looked After’ or belong to ‘Service Families.’
The DfE guidance states that schools are free to spend their Pupil Premium allocation as they see fit since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However they also remind schools that they are accountable for the impact of this spending.
The purpose of these reports is to inform parents, carers and governors how much pupil premium the school received, how it was spent and the impact at had on pupils’ achievement. The reports also explain how the pupil premium has been allocated.
Rigorous assessment and tracking procedures are in place at Priory which enables us to quickly identify any children who are not making the progress expected. Data analysis is robust and is available for individual, cohorts and groups of children. It is important not to confuse entitlement with ability as the Pupil Premium is an entitlement to ensure that all eligible children make the progress and reach the standards they are capable of.
The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.