At Pensby High School our aim is to ensure that all pupils make good progress and that we have high aspirations and ambitions for our pupils regardless of their socio economic background. We believe that no child should be left behind and we are determined that our pupils are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium funding represents a significant amount of funding to the school and this plan outlines how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.
The pupil premium is a fairly recent government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research is unequivocal when showing that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The pupil premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential.
The government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for this sum. The school also receive funding for those pupils who have been registered for FSM during the past six years (Ever 6).
When making decisions about using pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers from FSM children can be less support at home, lack of ambition and aspiration, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’.
By following the key principles below, we believe we can maximise the impact of our pupil premium spending.
We will provide a culture where:
We will ensure that:
We will ensure that all children across the school receive good teaching by:
We will maximise the time children have to realise their potential by
When reporting about Pupil Premium funding we will include:
Case studies of examples of where PP funding has been spent