In the King Alfred Federation we want all of our pupils to have success for today; be prepared for tomorrow and believe nothing is beyond their reach. The Pupil Premium funding enables us to give extra support in a wide range of ways to overcome barriers that stand in the way of disadvantaged children achieving these aims successfully.
The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential and overcoming any barriers that stop them achieving. The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals, children who have been in care and children whose parents have been in the Services as an indicator for Pupil Premium, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on these criteria. In the King Alfred Federation we will use this money to target these children so that we can ‘narrow the gap’ in regards to attainment.
The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and school performance tables now include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared to their peers.