The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Up to £50 million of the Pupil Premium will fund a Summer School Programme for disadvantaged pupils to support their transition to secondary schools in September 2013.
There are websites that have advice and guidance on how to spend the funding and on measuring the impact. We decided to look at our pupils in terms of need. Sometimes pupils develop a need for a short time and need to have a higher level of support or something special arranged for them. When this happens we would use the Pupil Premium funding to support them. This may mean a personalised curriculum, extra adult support for some lessons or perhaps time in the Community Learning Centre. We have supported individuals in this way when this has been needed.
Other pupils have been recognised by us as needing more provision not commonly available to all pupils such as access to after school clubs, rebound therapy or sensory input. Access to physical movement programmes or extra fitness work on a one to one basis, or sometimes supported help in specific subjects or an off site support for a period of time.
We have invested in training staff and improving our skills to deliver a range of programmes and the premium funding pays for some of these.
In 20112-13 the premium at Cambridge Park was 74,468 pounds. In this next year it will be closer to 94.000 pounds. This will change each year as it is worked out on the number of parents claiming school meals and the numbers of children who are in care. We urge parents who think they may be entitled to a free school meal to contact the office who will help.