Pupil Premium Funding The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to all schools in order to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These groups include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, or have been entitled to free school meals at any point over the past six years (Our ‘Ever Six’ children), those looked after by the local authority, children looked after from care, and the children of armed service personnel.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how it is used. (Please see Pupil Premium Funding breakdown that can be found on this link)
Richard de Clare is committed to ensuring that this funding is used to maximum impact to ensure the children who are eligible for this funding attain in line with their peers, both at local and National Level.
In 2014 we had 20.4% of pupils who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals- 6.2% below the National Average. In 2015 23.3% of pupils were known to be eligible, 3% below the National Average. There has been an upward trend in pupils eligible for Free School Meals over the past three years.
How we decide to spend the pupil premium money is influenced by our own evaluations of the schools needs and by educational research presented by the Education Endowment Foundation (www.educationendowmentfoundation.org) which has reviewed the key approaches designed to improve pupil achievement, both in terms of progress and attainment.
We have a comprehensive menu of interventions that meet the children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. The impact of these interventions is closely monitored each half term through through half-termly progress meetings, book scrutinies, pupil conferences, lesson observations and we are continually targeting and prioritising spending to ensure these gaps continue to narrow.
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