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 pupil premium rates for disadvantage pupils can be found on this page of the Government’s official website.
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 directly 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 ‘economically 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 ‘economically 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 2019 – 2020