The pupil premium is a Government initiative that provides extra funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds and is provided to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress. The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School meals and those who are looked after as indicators of deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals over a rolling six year period. Last year we have received £184,800 and for the current school year we have been allocated £205,920. We have also been given an additional sum for each looked after child.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the Governors and staff at Widden Primary School recognise that;
- not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and that…
- not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged. Therefore our plans for using the extra funding are a part of our wider strategy for closing the gap and the documents below explain this in more depth.