The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals from reception to Year 11.
For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns (SSDA903).
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
From September 2014, pupils recently adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order will also be eligible for additional funding.
The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is to be used by schools to address any underlying inequalities between eligible children and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
OBJECTIVES FOR PUPIL PREMIUM AT ST MATTHEW'S
- The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
- The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
- As far as its powers allow, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
- We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it has a significant impact on their education and lives.
The Headteacher and Governing Body have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that it represents best value for money.
The school's Pupil Premium policy and strategy can be obtained by visiting the Policies page.
The Headteacher and leadership team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing body on its progress and impact.