What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding which is allocated to schools across England, with the central focus upon raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gaps between them and their peers.
Children who are eligible for this funding are those who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) since Summer 2009 through the Ever 6 program, as well as those who are, or have been, a Looked After Child.
The amount of money that the Academy receives for a school year is based upon the number of pupils who meet the above criteria at the time of the January Census.
At the date of the Census, Eaton Park Academy had 37.5% of the current cohort eligible for Pupil Premium funding (as published by www.gov.uk ), which equates to a total of £221 925
Why has Pupil Premium been Introduced?
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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
At the heart of the school’s ambitions, there is a strong desire and passion to support disadvantaged pupils with both their academic and social needs. Through the receipt of this funding, we will ensure that:
- Teaching and learning meets the needs of all pupils.
- Appropriate support and resources are available to aid disadvantaged pupils with achieving to their highest across the curriculum, closing the attainment gaps with their peers as a result.
- Disadvantaged pupils are provided with the tools to be able to fully access each area of the curriculum.
- Effective social and emotional support is provided to assist the well-being of children.
- Disadvantaged children are provided with the exposure to out-of-class learning opportunities that they may not ordinarily experience.
As part of our vision and aims, Pupil Premium funding in school is currently being allocated to the following things:
- Quality first teaching
- Interventions specific to disadvantaged pupils, with the focus of supporting closing attainment gaps to their peers.
- All classes having their own full-time Teaching Assistant.
- Programs and resources to support the delivery of interventions.
- Subsidiary for school trips and residential visits.
- Providing school uniforms and PE kits in certain cases.
- Providing discounted opportunities for disadvantaged pupils to further develop and strengthen their experiences