The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Schools receive funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. The Pupil Premium is also provided for children in care who have been looked after continuously for at least six months. In the 2018 to 2019 financial year the breakdown is as follows:
- £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
- £2,300 for each Looked After Child
- £2,300 for each child who has ceased to be looked after because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
Head teachers and school leaders can decide how to use the Pupil Premium.
Parents are strongly encouraged to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. For more information, follow this link to the HertsDirect website.
Children of parents in the armed services, who face particular challenges, are also eligible for an amount of funding. The level of this Service Child premium is currently £250.
At Shephalbury Park, we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially. Our vision keeps us focused on this fact, and drives us to provide the very best for each and every learner within our community.
When deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant (‘PPG’) it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by Pupil Premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and could include; less support at home; social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties. Each child entitled to the PPG is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.
Please see our Pupil Premium Strategy below, which details how we utilise the funding, the actions that we are taking to, and the impact that it has on our pupils.