Pupil Premium Policy Statement
Canklow Woods Primary School recognises that all children regardless of background should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential. The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. Canklow Woods Primary School, the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of School accept the responsibility for the use of the school’s Pupil Premium Funding to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), children in Local Authority care and their peers. The funding will be used to remove barriers to learning and ensure each student participates fully in all aspects of school life and reaches his/her full potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals. At Canklow Woods Primary School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for Free School Meals and those in Local Authority Care as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment, for those students of whom research has indicated underachieve when compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in fulfilling their potential, providing them with the same chances of success as their peers.
Although the Government do not dictate how schools should spend this money, they are clear in stating that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. As a school we are accountable for narrowing the gap.
To ensure that provision is focused at ‘narrowing the gap’ for those pupils deemed to be (1 sub level) behind their own personal progress expectation.
The Department for Education uses Ever 6 as an indicator of deprivation. Each child classed as an Ever 6 free school meals child is awarded £1300 per year. In addition to Ever 6 Free School Meals, the LA issues an award of £1900 to each Looked After Child currently in their care. Students who have a parent serving in the armed forces are also awarded an amount of £300 per year.
Canklow Woods Primary School used data provided by the LA and DfE to initially identify students who have been awarded Pupil Premium Funding which is based on the January Census. The Governing Body and SLT have made the decision that if a child becomes eligible for Free School Meals after the census date and was not previously categorised as an Ever 6 Free School Meals child, they will be treated exactly the same as a child who was awarded the Pupil Premium Grant.