The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their more advantaged peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Currently Pupil Premium equates to £1300 per child eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and £1900 for each looked afterchild. The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school’s budget. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
Guided by our Christian ethos, St John with St Michael are fully committed to equality and to developing the talents and abilities of all children in our care. This includes doing our utmost to remove any barriers that might hinder a child’s progress. We are determined to close any gap in attainment between those children eligible for pupil premium and other children.
Our aims are that: The funding is always spent on the target group of children. The children eligible for pupil premium are taught by experienced and effective teachers and supported by skilled support assistants and well trained adults such as the welfare assistants, volunteers, students etc.
And whilst at school we will look to ensure that these children have:
Increased enjoyment of the school curriculum
Increased participation in a range of extra-curricular activities, clubs, trips etc.
Well informed parents/carers are able to support their child’s progress at school
How do we decide where the money is spent?
Our guiding principle is to direct pupil premium funding towards initiatives which will have the greatest impact on achievement. The use of data, on academic performance as well as barriers to learning such as basic needs, attendance, homework and behaviour, will continue to steer the allocation of funding.