The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The premium is currently worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or are being looked after/ who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (Post-LAC); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers (Narrowing the Gap)
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online
In most cases the Pupil Premium funding is paid direct to schools who decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings the local authority decides how to allocate the Pupil Premium. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
Pupil Premium at Sandhill View Academy
All staff and governors accept responsibility for the ‘socially disadvantaged’ students and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs.
As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of need.
At Sandhill View we will ensure that any pupil considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ has the same opportunities as any other. It is our belief that no child should be held back or face additional barriers because of their ‘social disadvantage’. We will ensure these students are able to access any support necessary in order to achieve their full potential.
Sandhill View Academy will ensure that provision is made which secures the learning and teaching opportunities that meets the needs of all students. As part of the provision made for students who belong to vulnerable groups, the Academy will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged students are assessed, appropriate intervention strategies implemented, and progress not only tracked, but strategies evaluated throughout the year to ensure effectiveness.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged students the Academy recognises that not all students who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. The Academy also recognises that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any student or groups of students the academy has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Pupil Premium 2014 – 2015
To view our report on the 2014 – 2015 spending for our pupil premium please click here
Pupil Premium 2015 – 2016
To view the breakdown of the proposed spend of our pupil premium for 2015 – 2016 please click here
To view our report on the 2015 – 2016 spending and impact of our pupil premium funding please click here
To view our report on the 2015 – 2016 spending and impact of our literacy & numeracy catch-up premium funding please click here
Pupil Premium 2016 – 2017
To view the breakdown of the proposed spend of our pupil premium for 2016 – 2017 please click here