The Pupil Premium is allocated to school and academies as a method of supporting specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement and to address any potential gap in their educational attainment.
These include children:
- who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years;
- who have been in care for more than six months (CLA);
- whose parents are currently employed by the armed services.
Nationally, the statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of FSM, do less well than their peers in exams, for example: SATs. All schools are therefore required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used; alongside the impact of the funding, once available.
Principles for supporting pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding:
At Hawkes Farm we view the needs of all our children as important and ensure that our teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of them;
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups;
- We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged (or indeed underachieving) and not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for free school meals;
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated based on a needs analysis, reflecting these considerations, which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
Via the academic attainment levels that the pupils achieve.We will measure the impact of our Pupil Premium spend in the following ways:
- Via the levels of academic progress that they pupils make.
- By assessing the social, emotional and behavioural progress the pupils make (assessments to be conducted internally and externally).
- Pupil voice.
- Parental feedback.
The school will evaluate the initial impact of the Pupil Premium spend in autumn 2016.