The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. The grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the Government as the best way to address the current inequalities for children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and Service Children, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At Cockington we support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.
Our allocation of Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 is currently £279,840. This will be used to fund:
- Additional support/intervention teachers and learning support assistants, to accelerate the progress of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding and ensure that they achieve as well as other pupils in the school;
- Enhanced pastoral and Thrive support to improve the attendance of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding and ensure that they are fully able to access and participate in all learning opportunities;
- Financial support with access to clubs, visits and residentials for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding;
- Additional resources.