Pupil Premium funding was introduced by the government in April 2011; it is additional money to support the needs and raise the attainment of pupils who are in receipt of free school meals, are looked after (for more than 6 months continuously) by the local authority or whose parents work in the armed forces.
This is part of the government’s plan to reduce inequalities and to ‘close the gap’ in attainment where children are severely disadvantaged. We aim to provide a personalised approach for all our pupils and Pupil Premium is one element of funding that can help us to do this.
We consider very carefully how the grant is spent for each young person, linking the allocation of their personalised funding "pot" to the areas of learning and social development where they need most help and support. This may lead to the purchase of specialist equipment, a communication device or an online learning programme. Equally, the fund may be pooled in order to purchase additional therapies that will benefit the individual as well as the collective group of learners who receive the Pupil Premium Grant. We then work to evaluate the impact of our spending decisions in terms of pupil progress. The yearly Pupil Premium Reports can be seen in the tab below.
Historically, we have used the money to provide additional support and enriching opportunities for pupils, alongside their peers, commissioned additional therapy support such as speech and language therapy, behavioural support, sensory integration, music therapy, inclusion opportunities and the purchase of specialist equipment.
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