- The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.
- A fund of £625 million was introduced in April 2011 to give schools £400 per year for:
- every child registered as eligible for free school meals
- children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer
- children of armed forces personnel
- From April 2012, pupil premium funding was also extended to:
- all children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
- The Government believes that the pupil premium is the best way to address the current inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers.
- Teaching is the top priority, including professional development, support, recruitment and retention.
- Targeted support for struggling pupils is a key component of Downderry’s strategy; as well as strategies that relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.
- The Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager and Quality of Education Lead, oversee the organisation of all additional provision.
- There is a link governor for pupil premium children who monitors the provision and its impact.
- Pupil premium strategy is reviewed in September, at the start of each new academic year.