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
The Cambridge Park Academy currently has 120 (55%) Students who are eligible for the PPG (Pupil premium grant). This gives the Academy a Pupil premium budget of £125,755. This money is to be used to close the gap between our disadvantaged learners and other learners at the Academy.
The PPG per pupil for 2018 to 2019, and other information, can be viewed using the following link:
We have identified five key barriers that our Disadvantaged learners face and we have set our outcomes according to these barriers. The four main barriers are as follows:
A. A culture of low aspirations and expectations within the academy leading to the need to improve the quality of teaching, learning and outcomes for disadvantaged learners.
B. A low level of attainment in English among disadvantaged students.
C. A lower level of attainment in Mathematics for disadvantaged Students.
D. Limited opportunity for students to engage in extra-curricular/ enrichment activities outside of the structured academy day.
E. Parental engagement and involvement with the education of their child can be difficult to achieve. Particularly due to the wide catchment area which results in a lack of attendance at Academy events.
We aim to use the PPG to ensure that these barriers for our disadvantaged learners are lowered to ensure learning opportunities are equal for all.
What did we do with this money.