The pupil premium grant is spent well and, as a result, disadvantaged pupils make better than expected progress.
At Someries Infant and Nursery School, we are committed to ensuring that all our pupils have solid foundation, and that the building blocks are secure to enable learning continuity during one of the most vulnerable times in their schooling.
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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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introcued in April 2011 and is allocated to school to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM'). However, it is not ring-fenced to those children and can be spent in any way that the school sees fit, so long as the school is able to demonstrate that the specific needs of FSM pupils have been addressed and how this additional - and specific - funding, which is intended to compensate for disadvantage, is being used for this purpose.
School leaders and governing bodies need to ensure that their school is tracking the progress of pupils in receipt of free school meals (FSM) to demonstrate how the school is using the Pupil Premium. It is for the school to determine how best to use the fuding - there is no prescription within allocation(s) other than fuding should not be simply added to the Dedicated Schools Grant budget allocation in order to compensate for any recent financial cutbacks to schools.
From September 2012, school leaders and governing bodies need to ensure that their school is publishing information to parents and carers about how all Pupil Premium funding has been used and what the impact has been on learning, attainment and pupils wellbeing and/ or pastoral care.
There are currently 32 pupils attending our school who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, accounting for 15% of the total number of eligible children currently on roll; two of these pupils are currently in receipt of early years pupil premium funding.
There are currently two children on roll at our school who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and no children of service personnel.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, Someries Infant and Nursery School will receive a total of £44, 880 in Pupil Premium funding.
Funding for CLA pupils does not go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.