The Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated by the Government to schools for:
- Children of statutory school age from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals including those who have been eligible for free school meals within the last 6 years (FSM and EVER6)
- Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- Children whose parents are currently working in the armed forces.
The DFE offer the following guidance on how the Pupil Premium is to be spent:
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility...[Schools} will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by Lodge Park Academy to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
Pupil Premium will be clearly identifiable within the budget.
The Principal, in consultation with the AIB and senior staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
The school will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
The school will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the Principal will report to the AIB and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
From September 2014, we will publish online information about how we have used the Premium
We will publish the attainment and progress of pupils covered by the Premium.
We will seek to further develop strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
We will monitor, evaluate and review the success of the impact of the pupil premium funding.
This policy will play an important part in the educational development of the individual pupils who are entitled to the Pupil Premium.
We will ensure that these pupils are treated equally and as favourably as others and that the additional funding is used well to address the challenges they face. The school will use the additional funding to promote the achievement and progress of all entitled pupils.
Through wise use of this additional funding we are fully committed to ensuring that the individual needs of each entitled child are met. As a result of the additional funding these children will make better progress and achieve higher standards than would have been likely without it.
Any pupils who are falling significantly outside of the range of expected progress and academic achievement based predicted grades will be monitored by class teachers, heads of subject and progress leaders and a program of support and intervention will be put in place.
Pupils who are unable to meet the costs of trips, events, uniform and equipment will be supported through the pupil premium fund by either percentage discount or full payment.
Breakfast club is available at no extra cost.
Pupils who require SEN support are closely monitored by the SEN department.
Through wise use of this additional funding we are fully committed to ensuring that the individual needs of each entitled child are met. As a result of the additional funding these children will make better progress and achieve higher standards (closing the gap) than ordinarily expected.
The next Pupil Premium Strategy Review meeting is due to be held in April 2021