Pupil Premium Background information
The Pupil Premium is the name given to a sum of money allocated to schools in order to support their most vulnerable children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings: to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. From 2012 this included pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). Although each school has the freedom to spend the money as would best support the children, they are also held to account and must prove the value of what they have put in place for their most vulnerable children. From September 2012 schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
King’s Ford Infant School and Nursery is determined to ensure that all children achieve and are given the highest standards of teaching and learning through delivering Quality First Teaching (QFT). Additionally, that focused support and pastoral care outside of QFT is given to children that require it so that they are achieving their full potential.
We believe the benefits provided by the extra funding should be available to all our children within school who could be considered to be vulnerable irrespective of whether they receive Pupil Premium funding. It should be noted that the children identified as requiring the additional levels of support are not necessarily those who fulfil the above criteria and upon which the school receives the Pupil Premium funding. There is no expectation that all Pupil Premium children will receive identical support; indeed, the allocation of budget for each child feeds into the school’s budget for pupil premium, rather being ring fenced for an individual child. Some children will need more than others and each child is individual with individual circumstances. The school considers how to allocate pupil premium money on an annual basis following rigorous data analysis and careful consideration of the needs of the children within this group.