Pupil Premium at The New Forest School
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals and those in local authority care. These groups have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be have been registered for free school meals within the past six year. Children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than 6 months also receive the Looked After Child (LAC) Pupil Premium Grant. Children who have been adopted from being in local authority care also receive this Post-LAC Pupil Premium grant.
A Service Pupil Premium is awarded to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or wo have previous been registered for Service Pupil Premium within the past 4 years. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
The pupil premium is paid to schools across the financial year rather than the academic year.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children – not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.
Individual schools are able to decide how their allocated Pupil Premium, (allocated to schools per eligible pupil) is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual vulnerable pupils within their responsibility.
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend in ways which they believe will have the greatest impact for their particular pupils. There is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
At The New Forest Primary School, we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress with teaching and learning opportunities meeting the needs of all of our pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups so that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background. We recognise that common barriers for these groups of vulnerable children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behavioural difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no single solution.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. At The New Forest School we analyse our pupil progress data regularly and thoroughly. Pupil premium funding is allocated according to the needs of individuals and groups of children.
We use a wide range of interventions and support strategies to meet the needs of our children and their families. This far-reaching approach helps us to establish strong working relationships and break down barriers to learning and progress.
Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice with supporting your child, please contact the us.