What is Pupil Premium?
Introduced in April 2011 the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) provides additional funding to be schools to support pupils who have been registered for free school meals, for children who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months and for children of service personnel.
The aim of the funding is to help schools raise achievement and support the mental well-being of these pupils. Other pupils may benefit from schools’ pupil premium allocation given the range and type of support offered. It is a school decision how to spend this, in order to have the best impact for all pupils.
Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium?
Please click here to go to the Merton Council website to apply for pupil premium funding.
In order for school to claim the Pupil Premium parents will need to inform the school about the child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order, or enrolling FSM.
The Government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. The school is held accountable through:
the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers;
the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular, those who attract the Pupil Premium;
transparency for parents as published online.
In most cases, the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and adopted children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
What does this mean for St John Fisher RC Primary School?
We support all of our pupils. We do this by providing high-quality teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and the Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium. We track every pupil, looking at their attainment and progress and how we can support them with their learning and overall well being, in order to enable every pupil to flourish and reach their potential to be the best they can be.