Each year we receive an amount of money from the government for all of our children who are in receipt of free school meals. It is called Pupil Premium. It is targeted at pupils from low income homes using known eligibility for free school meals (FSM) as a proxy. According to the government, evidence and facts make it clear that poverty is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances. The government has asked all schools to report on their websites how this money was used. The information should not and will not refer to individual children.
In 2012-13 we received £18,900 for pupil premium. We used this money to target any pupil in receipt of free school meals who wasn’t making good progress academically, or who required additional support to overcome potential barriers to learning caused by external issues within their family/personal life.
These are the ways we spent our money from 2012-13
• Additional intervention groups led by specialist teaching assistants and class teaching assistants.
• Management and training for our Better Reading programme.
• Mentoring and support for pupils witnessing domestic violence.
• Specialist teaching assistant employed part time to support pupils with dyslexic tendencies and phonological difficulties.
• Additional support staff to accompany pupils with medical needs on trips and on swimming lessons.
• Funding for attending out of school enhancement activities.