The Government states that the Pupil premium is additional school funding to address educational inequalities between pupils from low income families and their more affluent peers, which persist through all stages of education. This ensures funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils that need it most.
As a school, we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils, in particular those of vulnerable pupils so that any gaps in attainment with that of other pupils is narrowed, and ultimately, closed. We believe good educational opportunities are the key to improving life chances.
The DfE states that it is for schools to decide how the pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The pupil premium is allocated for children who are currently registered as eligible for Free School meals (FSM) or have received FSM in one or more of the previous 6 years, Looked after Children (LCA) and children of service families. At Edison we have also identified a PP+ category, where families do not have recourse to public funding and deprivation is a factor not identified under the Pupil Premium Grant.
If a family is entitled, it is very important that they apply for free school meals so that the school receives the funding that will benefit all Pupil Premium pupils. The application form is available from the school office or can be downloaded from the Forms page of the website.
The spending of Pupil Premium funding is reviewed and scrutinised carefully by our governing body. They are required to make sure that money is spent on support that demonstrably improves the educational attainment and progress of the Pupil Premium children, proportionate to the amount of money spent on particular initiatives. The governing body is also required to review the effectiveness of all interventions we use to ensure that they deliver appropriate educational benefits.