The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from Forces Families, Children who are in the Care System and children from deprived backgrounds. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
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 registered for Free School meals over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year of the course of this current Parliament. At Bedale High School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for free school meals as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment. We will also be using the pupil premium money allocated to children from Forces Familes to support their well -being and learning to ensure they reach their academic potential.
The Government is not instructing schools how they should spend this money; it is not ring‐fenced and schools ‘are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit’ DfE 2011. The Government however is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘close the gap’. Schools will be accountable for closing the gap, and there has been a reform of school performance tables to include measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.
In order to meet the above requirements, Bedale High School will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.
As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the school will ensure that the needs of all these pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through regular pupil progress meetings.
In making provision for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, the school recognises that not all pupils identified will be in need of intervention.
The school also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. They therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The range of provision
It will be the responsibility of the Assistant Headteacher, to produce a termly report for the Governing Body as an attachment to the Headteacher’s Report, to include:
The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for students eligible for pupil premium.
An outline of the provision that was made during the term since the last meeting.
An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.
The Governing Body will consider the information provided, in the light of the data relating to the progress of the school’s pupil premium students, in conjunction with the revised schools’ league tables.
The Governors will ensure that there is an annual statement to the parents outlining how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of closing the gap for pupil premium students. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.
The evaluation of this policy is based on how the school can close the gap, where it exists between pupil premium students and their peers. Targets will be identified and evaluated annually and included in the School Development Plan.
The success criteria for the Pupil Premium Policy are: