The main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face include the following possibilities:
- Low income
- Unsettled family arrangements
- Emotional instability of family member(s)
- Parents may not have had a successful or enjoyable education
- Siblings may have had disrupted educational experiences
- Safeguarding concerns
In order to overcome these barriers we will spend our pupil premium funding to overcome these issues.
Thorpe Primary School recognises that all pupils, regardless of background, should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential. The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money to pupils from deprived backgrounds that, as research shows, underachieve compared to their peers.
The government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals. Children who are Looked After or the children of armed service personnel are also eligible for this increased funding.
The government is not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils.
The Pupil Premium Strategy Review will be updated in July 2017