The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, who research shows underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential. The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals.
The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘diminish the differences’. Schools are accountable for narrowing the gap, and school performance tables include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.
In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. Our priority will be focussed on ‘narrowing the gap’ for those pupils not on track to achieve expected standards in KS1 and Key Stage 2, or to make expected progress.
As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the Governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through half termly pupil progress monitoring.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. The Governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors will ensure that all pupils are supported to achieve their full potential.
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