The Pupil Premium Grant
The aim of Shobdon Primary School is to ensure that all children are able to access every aspect of the school’s provision in order to attain the highest standards of achievement and the greatest possible progress in relation to individual starting points.
The Pupil Premium, a Government initiative, is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupil’s on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM). A smaller amount is allocated according to the number of children of service families and an allocation is made for each pupil who has been “Looked After” (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who had been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years. Research clearly shows established links between deprivation and educational underachievement, with Pupil Premium funding enabling a school to support these children in overcoming any barriers that they may have in successfully engaging with their education. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these children to reach their full potential by accelerating their progress and providing them with experiences which may not normally be available to them.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
At Shobdon Primary, the staff and governors accept responsibility for children who are recognised as disadvantaged and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be “disadvantaged” is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of disadvantage or need. We aim to ensure that every child leaves Shobdon Primary excited about learning and determined to succeed. We want to equip them with confidence, resilience and a passion for justice and equality. These qualities will enable them to thrive and to champion kindness and fairness at all stages of their future lives. The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support us in achieving these aims.
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