What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to schools for children of statutory age from low income families who are known in school to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children registered at the school whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This funding is provided by the government to address potential inequalities in achievement and attainment for vulnerable children and ensure provision of opportunities in line with their peers.
What is ‘Ever 6’ funding?
In 2013-2014, the government included pupil premium funding for schools with pupils who have been in receipt of FSM at any point in the last six years. This funding measure is known as Ever 6 FSM, plus any children of parents serving in the armed forces at any point in the last three years. This funding measure is known as Ever 3.
How is the funding used?
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium funding is allocated. However, we are held accountable for how we use this funding to support children from low income families. We are also required to publish details about this spending on our school website. This ensures parents are aware of how the funds are used, the range of opportunities provided and the impact of this support in school.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy
At Croughton All Saints CE Primary School we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially. This belief is reflected in our school vision:
- Having high expectations of academic achievement and behaviour by continually monitoring and raising standards.
- Seeing all children as individuals, valuing their different strengths and achievements and equipping them to be successful in the modern world.
We believe that all children have the right to the very best education. Our core Christian values of charity, respect, compassion, forgiveness, justice and courage underpin everything we do. As a member of a cluster group, we continually strive for excellence in all areas; learning from and supporting other schools.
Our growth mindset culture ensures that we have the highest expectations and that we continually strive to ensure that no pupil is left behind.
When deciding how to spend the pupil premium grant it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by these pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and could include; gaps in learning having followed a different school curriculum in another country; little pre-school experience in the British system; social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties. Each child entitled to the pupil premium grant is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.
With this in mind, at Croughton School we aim to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide a highly personalised programme of support in order to allow each child to reach his/her full potential.
Our key objective in using the pupil premium grant is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to pupil premium and those not. Historically, pupils at Croughton School achieve and attain well, often at levels much higher than those expected nationally. However, we need to ensure that gaps in learning for pupils receiving pupil premium grant are narrowed and even removed in some cases.
We will ensure that:
- A high profile is given to Pupil Premium Pupils
- All staff are accountable for the progress of Pupil Premium children
Progress and attainment of all pupils at Croughton is carefully tracked and analysed from a range of data in order to draw conclusions and develop action plans. We also make use of a wide range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.