In 2011-2012 the Government launched pupil premium funding. The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish any differences between them and their peers. The ‘Pupil Premium’ is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
In addition to FSM the school will also receive pupil premium funding for any ‘Looked After Children’ (Children in Care) or Armed forces children.
The funding is allocated to a range of initiatives aimed at supporting more disadvantaged pupils, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children and to ensure that they reach their full potential.
Nature of Support that could be provided:
1. Achievement and Standard work including additional class based or intervention work to accelerate progress of targeted groups or individuals.
2. Learning Support to enable children to fully access learning and accelerate progress where there are speciﬁc barriers other than identiﬁed Special Educational Learning Needs.
3. Pastoral work which undertakes work to raise self-esteem, extend their personal skill set and support children to make appropriate choices in order to maximise learning opportunities.
4. Out of Hours and enrichment to ensure that children are given a full opportunity to develop other talents in sport and creativity to also improve self conﬁdence and motivation for school.
Bedgrove Junior School
National Data published by the DfE, based on the 2014 January census, indicates that the national average for pupils receiving free school meals in state funded primary school is 17% compared with 9.8% at Bedgrove Junior School
The provision of Pupil Premium is closely monitored by the Headteacher who is responsible for liaising with those pupils who are eligible, as well as the staff, to ensure that Pupil Premium is closely monitored. The Child & Family Support Worker is responsible for day to day management of organising interventions and liaises closely with parents of disadvantaged pupils.