The Pupil Premium is an allowance allocated to schools for children of school age who are eligible for free school meals, to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC) and to children whose parents serve in the armed forces.
At Weald we receive the Pupil Premium for each pupil who is eligible for free school meals. In the year 2022-2023, this amount is £1385 per pupil. At Weald we have very small numbers of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
For looked after children (LAC), the school receives £2410 per pupil.
At Weald, we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. In allocating Pupil Premium funding, our objective will be to ensure the most effective allocation of all resources available to ensure the best outcomes.
The Pupil Premium funding is aimed at accelerating progress and ensuring children make progress, unique to their own individual starting points.
The range of provision for this group may include:
- Providing resources for individuals or small group support
- One to one support from an experienced teacher or SENCO
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs and external agencies
- Funding opportunities for enrichment; for example, workshops; extra-curricular provision and residential trips
It is the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to produce regular reports for the Governor’s Learning and Development Team on:
- The progress made by narrowing the gap, by year group, for pupils in receipt of free school meals and socially disadvantaged pupils
- An outline of provision made since the last meeting
- An evaluation of the cost effectiveness in terms of the progress made by the pupils
- Governors will ensure there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used.
Impact of Pupil Premium: where possible the difference to the attainment of Pupil Premium children is quantified. Impact is also evaluated (using subjective criteria) through the professional judgement of members of staff; for example, developments in confidence; self-belief; emotional intelligence; inter-personal skills and resilience.