The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), service children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The proportion of children in our school eligible is currently over 60%.
There are many barriers can prevent our pupils from achieving their full potential. The most obvious ones are; cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health issues, speech and language issues, family background and mental health, deprivation and cultural/social expectations.
In our case the Pupil Premium is allocated straight to us and is clearly identifiable in our budget. It is up to us to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated per FSM pupil, service children and children in care is spent, since we are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within our school.
Although we are free to spend the Pupil Premium as we see fit, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families, service children and children in care. New measures are included in the school performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about we have used the Premium. This will ensure that you and others are made fully aware of the progress of pupils covered by the Premium.
As a special school for children with a moderate learning difficulty, we allocate the pupil premium on an almost child by child basis, and by the amount of progress they are making throughout the year, and year on year. Below we have outlined how SLT have allocated spending on pupil premium under the following headings:-
Approach - What intervention/additional support was chosen
Desired Outcome - What were we hoping to achieve
Cost - How much was allocated
Barriers/Estimated Impact - What are the barriers and why we felt this intervention/additional support would help
Actual Impact/Evidence - Did the intervention/additional support help and how is this evidenced
Overall Cost Benefit - Is it considered good value for money and to be continued
The documents below shows how we have compared different groups of children eligible for pupil premium and how we have spent the pupil premium. If you would like any further explanation, please do not hesitate to contact us.