Pupil Premium Strategy
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding that is provided by the government to schools to help improve the attainment of pupils from low income families and those who are ‘looked-after’ and previously ‘looked after’. This is because these pupils generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers.
Schools receive £955 for each student that has been eligible for free school meals at any point within the last six years and additional funding for those who are classed as ‘looked after’. The additional Pupil Premium budget is calculated based on the number of students meeting the criteria in the January of the previous school year. This is not funding allocated to each student as this additional funding can be allocated to staffing or other costs that provide additional support to help students who need it to overcome any barriers to learning.
It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium as it is recognised that they are best placed to assess need and use funding to improve attainment.
Pupil Premium Strategy Aims
The aim of the strategy at Alderman White School is to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged pupils by reducing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils and to give more opportunities for social mobility.
Alderman White School will use a tiered approach to the spending of the Pupil Premium Grant to focus on:
- Academic support
- Wider approaches
We will use a range of strategies that will provide both direct and indirect support and intervention for those children who have been identified as needing it most. The outcomes of all pupils is important and therefore, we will use the Pupil Premium to support any student who we have legitimately identified as ‘disadvantaged’ even if they do not officially identify as part of the Pupil Premium cohort. As Alderman White School is a relatively small school, many of our students will benefit from the strategies that we implement using Pupil Premium funding.
Evidence informed strategy
We are committed to using an evidence informed approach when making strategic decisions about the spending of the Pupil Premium. As such, we use a range of resources including the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit (here, EEF), the Sutton Trust report into Pupil Premium spending (here, Sutton Trust) and our own evidence and experience of what works within our school context.