What is Pupil Premium?
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.
Pupil Premium Funding
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.
How is Pupil Premium Money Spent?
The government does not dictate how schools should spend this money, but schools need to employ strategies that they know will support these pupils to ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils.
At Thorpe, we will spend our pupil premium funding to overcome the barriers to educational achievement that we have identified at school.
Barriers to Educational Achievement
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
Pupil Premimum Spending at Thorpe