At Lordsgate Primary School our mission statement says ‘We learn and work together to make school enjoyable and achieve our full potential’. We believe that all children, regardless of their background or ability, should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential and the ‘Pupil Premium’ funding is a key factor in helping to achieve this aim.
The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals as an indicator for deprivation, and has allocated a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil. In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.
At Lordsgate Primary we will be using the indicator of those eligible for free school meals as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment, although the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals may be socially disadvantaged.
We are held accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding through performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers and the requirement to publish details online each year of how we are using the pupil premium and the impact it is having on pupil achievement.
The following documents will outline: