Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2022
The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 to provide additional support for children from low income families and Children Looked After in order to narrow the gap between disadvantaged children and those from more affluent backgrounds. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding allocated to schools for pupils that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last 6 years. The additional funding per pupil is £1,345. Schools have the freedom to use this extra funding in ways that will best support raising attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential. Parents and Carers are urged to register their child as eligible for FSM so that school can receive the pupil premium entitlement. Pupil Premium is also provided for children in care at £2,345 per pupil.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas - teaching, targeted academic support and wider approaches including support for non-academic issues that impact success in school.
At Norton Free C of E Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially. We continually strive to implement support so that no pupil is left behind. In deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by PP pupils in the context of our school. Each child entitled to the PPG is unique in their situation and we aim for our response to their needs to reflect this.
Our aim is to provide a personalised programme of support in order to allow each child to progress and reach their full potential. Our key aim in using the PPG is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to pupil premium and those who are not. At Norton Free C of E School, our pupils generally achieve well although sometimes our disadvantaged children do not always achieve as well as other PPG children nationally. We aim to try and change this through specific targeting of our PPG children to close the gap.
To achieve our aims, we will ensure that our pupil premium children are given a high profile and that staff are accountable for the progress of PPG children in their classes. The progress of all children at Norton Free is carefully monitored in order to develop action plans and next steps.