PUPIL PREMIUM STATEMENT
The Pupil Premium (PP)/Pupil Premium Grant was introduced by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long term economic wellbeing between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven. However, the Government has a stated aim to narrow this gap in attainment and since 2011 has provided additional funding to schools to support them in so doing.
Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years (if no longer receiving FSM are known as Ever 6 children) and children who have been in care for more than six months. Currently schools will receive an additional £1320 for each child eligible for FSM or who are considered looked after (Child Looked After - CLA).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are aware of the extra support that is available to pupils who receive the PP.
Merrydale Junior School shall publish in each Financial Year information in relation to:
a) the amount of Pupil Premium allocation that it will receive during the Financial Year;
b) on what it intends to spend the Pupil Premium allocation;
The school will use this money to support systems and processes which ensure continued progress and attainment for vulnerable pupils. The school will also continue with initiatives which support the engagement and involvement of disadvantaged pupils.
c) on what it spent its Pupil Premium in the previous Financial Year;
Pupil premium funds are spent on teaching and educational support for LAC and FSM students, as well as programmes relating to behaviour, pastoral support, additional classes to improve pupil progress, intervention groups, trips and activities.
d) the impact in educational attainment, arising from expenditure of the previous Financial Year’s Pupil Premium.
The school has in place rigorous monitoring and support systems. The outcomes for these pupils is illustrated in the detailed report below.