What is pupil premium funding?
The Department for Education states that “the pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.”
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to support pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of Service Personnel.
National performance tables capture the achievement of those groups covered by the Pupil Premium and schools are required to publish online information each year about how the Pupil Premium has been used.
At Gaddesden Row, our targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium supports us in achieving our school aims; to nurture and support all children to reach their potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development.
The impact of the strategies used is regularly measured throughout the year, in a variety of ways such as through data analysis, Pupil Progress meetings and anecdotal evidence. Updates are reported to School Governors throughout the year with an overall summary published at the end of each academic year.
How has the funding been spent in previous academic years and what impact has this had?