The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help support disadvantaged students, diminishing the difference between them and their peers.
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop his full potential, irrespective of need.
The pupil premium targets extra funding for pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows these students underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils to reach their potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to free school meals, children of service personnel and children looked after as an indicator for deprivation and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based upon the number registered for FSM. At Adelaide School, we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM and/or LAC as our target children to ‘diminish the difference’ regarding attainment and progress.
The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these students to increase their attainment and diminish the difference between other pupils from the same starting point nationally.
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The number of pupils eligible and the amount paid to schools varies each year.