The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low income and other disadvantage families and their peers. 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 funding is based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6) or have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months or whose parents are in the armed forces. 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 Maryport Church of England Primary School we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities are designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.
In making provision for qualifying disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals (FSM pupils) are disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We monitor provision funded through pupil premium and take steps to ensure that all pupils on our FSM (Ever 6) List benefit from this funding.
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