The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who are registered for Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for FSM within the last 6 years (Ever 6), and children that have been Looked After by the Local Authority for more than six months.
The introduction of pupil premium attempts to re-write the futures of these children and close the attainment gap between themselves and their peers whilst ensuring that they make expected or better progress.
Each pupil will attract a specific amount of funding and schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the focus on raising of the attainment and aspirations of the most vulnerable pupils.
The strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision of helping everyone to achieve to their full potential.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. In making this provision we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil the school has legitimately identified as being in need of support. Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
It is the responsibility of all our staff to ensure that the pupils in their charge receive the best education, care and support available. Mornington has a rigorous monitoring regime and reports are published for all staff and governors to see.
It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to report to the Governors on:
- The progress made towards narrowing the gap within school and nationally.
- An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting.
- An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils.
- Ensure that correct and accessible information is available on the school website.
- Headteacher Report summarises progress and the impact of Pupil Premium funding.
Parents will receive information as to the progress of pupils through personal information sent home on individual education plans (IEP’s) and through reporting of assessment results at the end of the academic year.
We offer a rich and varied menu of activities designed to engage and motivate pupils, raising their aspirations and creating a positive view of learning.
The range of provision could include:
- Additional class based work or specified intervention both aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations.
- Pastoral work which undertakes work to raise self-esteem, extend their personal skill set and support children to make appropriate choices in order to maximise learning opportunities.
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps in learning.
- 1-1 support
- Learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies.
- Provision for extra curriculum activities such as music tuition, day trips and residential trips that add to the enjoyment and enrichment of school life.
TA’s have received a range of training from MPS, Kimberley Family of Schools and Achievement for All to ensure that their input is effective in securing good progress. Their roles are varied and range from leading group interventions to individual support. Teachers work alongside TA’s to ensure that provision is well matched and that expectations and the desired outcomes are clear.