The Pupil Premium funding from the Department of Education is given to schools to support pupils who qualify for the funding, such as children who are looked after or are entitled to free school meals, (not to be confused with Universal Free School Meals, which are currently available to all children in Reception to Year Two).
At Parklands, we use the funding to support and challenge the learning of these pupils, with a focus that the children make at least good progress in the core areas. We also use the money to support the well-being of these children, and therefore use the money to cover the cost of additional curriculum opportunities, such as clubs and trips.
Leaders regularly evaluate the success of this funding in securing the pupil’s academic progress, comparing the outcomes of pupils who qualify for funding to other pupils nationally and within the school, with an aim of diminishing any difference in achievement between the two.
This year, our primary spend will be on additional staffing to ensure that the children who qualify for Pupil Premium have the precise and focused educational provision that they need to meet their academic targets. We evaluate progress towards this at both a local governing body level, and at Trust board level to ensure that our spend is having the appropriate impact.
At the end of this academic year, we will publish a full report on the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.
If you have any questions about Pupil Premium allocation, please contact Mrs Coles.