The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools, in additional to main school funding. It was introduced by the Government in 2011 as a means to improve outcomes for disadvantaged learners and to narrow the attainment gap. It is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also receive funding for children who are ‘Looked After Children’ or children who have been adopted. It is up to schools to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium, since they are best placed to decide what provision should be made to meet the needs of individual pupils within the school.
At Cheadle Catholic Junior School we follow the Education Endowment Foundation's tiered approach to supporting pupils who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.
We target the use of Pupil Premium Grant funding to ensure that our disadvantaged pupils receive the highest quality of education to prepare them academically, socially, morally, and spiritually for a lifelong learning journey. We recognise that disadvantaged children can face a wide range of barriers which may impact on their learning. Our ultimate objectives are to:
- Remove barriers to learning created by poverty, family circumstance and background
- Narrow the attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged counterparts both within school and nationally
- Ensure ALL pupils are able to read fluently and with good understanding to enable them to access the breadth of the curriculum
- Develop confidence in their ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of contexts
- Enable pupils to look after their social and emotional wellbeing and to develop resilience.
- Access a wide range of opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world