At Oakham C of E Primary School and The Parks School, we believe that all children should be entitled to an excellent education and should have equal opportunities to benefit from a successful learning journey through school. Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The Government’s current measure of disadvantage is any child who is or has been eligible to Free School Meals in the past six years. Evidence suggests that the average performance of disadvantaged children is below that of non-disadvantaged children and that progress is slower. The Pupil Premium, seeks to address these inequalities by providing schools with additional funding to support children who are at a greater risk of under-achievement.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
- We ensure that each individual child is challenged and stimulated in their learning and is making progress at least in line with their starting points.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups.
- We ensure that children belonging to vulnerable groups, including those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, are adequately assessed and provision is made to meet their needs.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive free schools meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged will be in receipt of free school meals. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any groups of children that the school deems to be socially disadvantaged.
Our PPM provision is carefully planned for disadvantaged children and to narrow any attainment gaps between contrasting groups. With this in mind, activities and support are designed after reflection on our own practice and in response to an evidence based approach about what works best. We use the Education Endowment Foundation to inform our decision making. This has determined which types of intervention have been proven to have the most impact on children’s progress and attainment. (Source: Education Endowment Foundation – Evidence summaries).
Our various provisions for PPM children fall into one or more of the categories. For more information, please read our Pupil Premium Report and the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit below