The Government introduced additional funding to schools, known as Pupil Premium, based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals, those who have been looked after and for the children of service families to ensure that socially disadvantaged pupils make progress and attainment in line with all pupils. Schools have been given the choice of what to use this additional funding for, based on the particular needs of the individual pupils involved; there has been no specific guidance for the use of pupil premium funding.
At High Down Infant School, we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, which includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. Similarly, we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
At High Down Infant School we currently use the additional funding in the following way:
To provide daily reading and phonics practice for all eligible pupils
To provide short term intervention programmes for underachieving pupils, those with SEN, those requiring social/emotional skills development
To provide maths intervention for all eligible pupils
We also use our school fund to provide additional visitors to school to enhance the curriculum for all children and do not request donations, thus supporting socially disadvantaged pupils.