At Sherdley, similarly to schools around the country, we receive a pot of money each year from the government that is linked to the number of children who are or have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), children who are currently in Looked After Care (LAC) or who have previously been in Looked After Care (they may be adopted), as well as children whose parents are serving in the Armed Forces. The extra funding is targeted to improvement the attainment of pupils who may be disadvantaged.
There is evidence and research that suggests children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally, but not exclusively, face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers.
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in January including Looked After Children (LAC), Previously LAC (Looked After Children) Free School Meals (now or anytime in the last 6 years).
It’s up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.This is because school leaders are best-placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use funding to improve attainment.
Mrs Bennett Assistant Head & Senco is our school lead for Pupil Premium.
Mrs Tilley is our school Pupil Premium Governor.
Mrs Lakey is our Pupil Premium Ambassador.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality – investing in learning and development for teachers.
At Sherdley we arrange training and professional development for all of our staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for our pupils.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy highlights academic areas that we will address and work to improve at Sherdley.
At Sherdley we also aim to help:
· increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
· encourage pupils to be more aspirational
· benefit non-eligible pupils
Schools can spend their pupil premium on pupils who do not meet the eligibility criteria but need extra support.
Schools can use the pupil premium to support other pupils, for example, if they:
· are in contact with a social worker
· used to be in contact with a social worker
· are acting as a carer
Schools must show how they’re using their pupil premium effectively: · by publishing an online statement · through inspections by Ofsted
· through published performance tables