What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2021, the premium will be worth £1,345 and goes to support pupils who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £2,345 goes to support any pupil who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £310 goes to support pupils whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Westbury CE Junior School, we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our pupils with a specific focus on English, maths, engagement and attendance, maximising the life opportunities for all students.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10, GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
How many pupils at Westbury CofE Junior School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 39.6% of students are eligible for the Pupil Premium. In addition, 4.4% of the students are eligible for the Service Premium Grant.
How should schools spend their Pupil Premium allocation?
Pupil Premium money is used to deliver strategies and interventions that we are confident will ‘narrow the gap’ in attainment between those pupils which are considered to be disadvantaged and those who are not.
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