The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. It was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years, looked after children and those of service personnel.
This year has been an exceptional year due to the Covid19 pandemic. Our Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since March 2020.
During the pandemic the following key steps have been taken to ensure that disadvantaged pupils’ barriers to learning will continue to be overcome wherever possible:
Funding was utilised to ensure that pupils attended school in the spring and summer terms; that they were appropriately supported in school to make progress in their learning; that pupils were supported emotionally at a time when they may feel vulnerable; that they were able to access technology and other resources for home learning and that where pupils were unable to attend school staff were able to make home visits.
We support our planning for the use of PPG by researching the most effective ways of overcoming barriers to learning.