What is the Pupil Premium? https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/benefits/free-school-meals-pupil-premium/
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been continuously looked after for at least 6 months (LAC) the school receives an amount per head within their budget. This has risen each year to the current amount of £1,345 per pupil and £2,345 per Looked After Child.
We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximize progress.
Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding will have the necessary impact. This includes an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium and a coordinated strategic leadership approach to implementing plans. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors via the Standards and Quality and Finance and Premises sub-committees, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.
COVID-19 Update (July 2020)
Due to the changes to educational provision caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the detail in this Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since April 2020. Our use of the funding has been adapted to meet students’ needs as they have arisen, whilst maintaining where possible the principles outlined in this document, and in others related to the PPG.
During the pandemic the following key steps have been taken to ensure that ‘disadvantaged’ pupils’ barriers to learning will continue to be overcome wherever possible:
· Step 1 - Children attended school
· Step 2 - Ensuring children have the correct tools to complete home learning
· Step 3 - Family support through home visits etc
Future versions of the strategy will reflect the changes that are currently being made.