The Government gives Pupil Premium funding to all schools to enhance the learning opportunities for children who are eligible for free school meals and for children in care. The impact of Pupil Premium spending can, if wisely used, benefit all pupils.
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds who, research shows, often underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Strategy Statement & Review
Pupil Premium Policy
At Hillbourne Primary School, we seek:
- to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils;
- to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed;
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged;
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being in need of intervention and support;
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
It is the responsibility of the main Governing Body to ensure and outline of the school’s progress towards ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged pupils is given to the school’s governors on a termly basis.
The Governing Body will consider the information provided in the light of the data relating to the progress of the school’s socially disadvantaged pupils in conjunction with the revised schools’ league tables.
The governors of Hillbourne will ensure that there is an annual statement to the parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.
It will be the responsibility of the Inclusion Leader, to produce a termly report for the Governors’ Curriculum and Pupil-Related Committee. This report will include;
The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
An outline of the provision that was made during the term since the last meeting.
- An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.
Written: September 2019
Next Review: September 2020