Pupil Premium Overview
Pupil Premium is given to schools to provide additional support for children from low income families, children who are looked after and children with parents who are in the Services. The main purpose of the extra funding is to narrow the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged and or disrupted backgrounds and other pupils.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how best to use the Pupil Premium to ensure the best impact on pupils’ attainment and achievement. Schools leaders are held accountable for the impact of Pupil Premium spending through:
- The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
- The new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium
- The reports for parents that schools must publish online
In most cases Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. At Sawtry Infant School our provision is broad and varied and is reviewed and targeted according to need annually. It may differ each year according to the level of the funding and needs of the children but the provision we offer includes:
- Subsidising school uniform, visits and activities which we would be funded or partly funded from parental contributions
- After school clubs and activities
- Additional support to help children who are not making as much progress as we would expect in maths and/or reading and writing
- Additional support to help children in the development of their skills in speaking and listening
- Extra physical activities for children who may have particular sensory needs
- Support for children who may have specific social or emotional needs
- Support with behaviour management for children and families
- Regular meetings to offer guidance to parents/carers in how they can support their children to achieve shared targets
- A variety of support mechanisms for parents/carers