The government gives an additional amount of money to schools according to certain “deprivation” criteria. This money is intended to support these children in activities that will enhance their learning. Within our school, we use this money in a variety of ways depending on the individual needs of each child and to enable them the greatest opportunities for academic success. This may include additional interventions, tailored support, well-being and pastoral support or working with parents. We also have used the fund to employ additional staff to carry out a number of these interventions.
The progress of all children is monitored by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. At these meetings, with the year group teaching team, the progress of every child is recorded and discussed. Further intervention strategies are considered and the effectiveness of the use of Pupil Premium money is evaluated. We are all accountable for the progress of every child and our Governors are well aware of their responsibilities. Ofsted inspections now take into account how Pupil Premium money is spent and the impact of that expenditure on the academic outcomes of each eligible child. Unfortunately the positive impact of our interventions on their well-being is not so easily measured.
Our Pupil Premium spending is based on the Education Endowment Foundation's (EEF) model of three tiers of spending. Further information on how each tier is specifically addressed in our funding can be seen in our most recent PPG strategy. at the top of this page.