The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools by the Government to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Funding is based on children registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the last 6 years or children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer (CLA). The money is paid to schools according to the numbers of children who are in receipt of FSM or who are CLA.
How is Pupil Premium used?
The Government believes it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils at their school.
As part of inclusive philosophy, we aim to provide the very best education for all of our children, In pursuit of this, we use the Pupil Premium Grant to benefit those children who need additional support at the right level and at the right time and to ensure a lower teacher:child ratio than in most schools.
At Caton CPS we have a lower than national average, number of children who are eligible for FSM or CLA funding.
The school continues to work tirelessly to ensure that those children in receipt of this funding, who may experience difficulties, are monitored closely and make expected progress throughout their school life. This is commonly referred to as `closing the gap`.
An example of how Pupil Premium may be allocated to support a child in a school:
Free School Meal costs (190 days @ £2.20 minimum)
Residential, outdoor education enrichment, visit (100% of full cost)
Musical instrument lessons (50% of full cost, 34 lessons per year)
Additional activities (1 per term x 3 per year)
Training for staff to deliver specific progammes and schemes of work
The allocation of funding is decided on an accurate assessment of the child`s / family needs each year. Parents are encouraged to discuss any support or additional costs throughout the year with the Head Teacher.
Parental feedback indicates a positive response to this `personal` and `shared` approach to ensuring the children experience the same opportunities as their peers.
NB: It is thought that there has been a reduction in the number of families claiming Pupil Premium FSM due to the introduction of the KS1 free school meal scheme.
Our school has actively sought to inform parents of the other support offered through Pupil Premium beyond the provision of a free school meal. This has been done through newsletters, parents meetings for outdoor educational visits, advertising posters and communication through staff directly to parents.