Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools by the Department for Education. There are two distinct streams of funding, each with different aims. Pupil Premium provided for disadvantaged learners is aimed at removing barriers for pupils from families with low income to minimise the gap in academic attainment between them and pupils from more affluent backgrounds. The Service Pupil Premium aims to support pupils from service families who sometimes require additional pastoral support when their family situation makes it harder to focus on their learning.
Our main priority is to provide high quality teaching and pastoral support. This will benefit all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged by their economic situation or require support as a result of their parents being in the military. The primary provision for pupils is via the classroom teacher. Therefore, all staff are:
On 20 March 2020, schools were told to close their gates and only accommodate vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers. This remained the situation until reopening for all pupils in September. There is no doubt that closing schools will have had a negative impact on educational attainment and this will have disproportionately affected disadvantaged learners.
Catch-up funding is provided to support children and young people to catch-up lost time after school closure. We have combined our Pupil Premium and catch-up premium into one strategy document to ensure we have a cohesive approach to meeting the needs of all pupils, particularly our most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
Full strategy documents can be found below, including how the Pupil Premium and Catch-up premium will be spent to overcome barriers to achievement.