Pupil Premium funding is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The receipt of this funding does rely on parents completing a free school meals form for all their children in school. Even with the introduction of universal free meals from September 2014 for KS1 children, we as a school still need parents to complete the relevant paperwork.
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers;
the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium;
the reports for parents that schools have to publish online.
At Loscoe CofE Primary School and Nursery we strive to ensure all our children leave school being ready for secondary school. By this we expect all children should be able to read and use the four operations in maths confidently. For disadvantaged children who struggle with academics we provide them with essential life skills to become independent, resilient and thoughtful members of the community. We adapt the national curriculum to meet the needs of our disadvantaged pupils to allow them to succeed and access the same objectives as their non-disadvantaged peers.
Our disadvantaged leader at Loscoe C of E Primary School and Nursery is:
Mrs Wendy Lynam (email@example.com).
If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible for pupil premium please speak to Mrs Redmond in the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you to find out!