The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The funding is designed to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children and young people from low income families, providing extra money to schools to help ensure we provide additional support to raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.
Funding is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students on roll known to be currently eligible for Free School Meals or who have claimed within the last 6 years, as well as students who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months by the Local Authority. Children of members of the armed forces are also entitled to an element of this funding. Since September 2014, all pupils in EYFS and KS1 have received universal free school meals, meaning all pupils aged 4-7 can have a hot meal, every day, in school. Those pupils in KS1, whose families are considered disadvantaged due to their income, are in receipt of free school meals too. Since 2015 Pupils in Nursery have also been eligible for pupil premium funding. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used.
At our school we realise that not all children who are eligible for Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged, and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for Free School Meals, be looked after or from service families. Therefore, we allocate Pupil Premium funding on a needs basis where we identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
We organise teaching and learning at Camblesforth Community Primary Academy in order to meet the needs of all children in the best way. We allocate some of the Pupil Premium money to make sure all children have their needs met through quality first teaching and some for specific interventions to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This specifically includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and met.
We recognise that not all children who receive the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged receive the Pupil Premium Grant. Given this, we will carefully track how well Pupil Premium Grant children are achieving as a group compared to their peers in our school and nationally.