The government gives an additional amount of money to schools according to certain “deprivation” criteria. This money is intended to support these children in activities that will enhance their learning. Within our school, we use this money in a variety of ways depending on the individual needs of each child. For example: one to one tuition, maths or reading intervention, after school sports or club fees, counselling and/or self-esteem sessions, new uniform/shoes/trainers etc, equipment to undertake school activities, the cost of trips and out of school activities. In addition to this, we also have used the fund to employ additional staff to support learning in class. Another significant expenditure part funded by Pupil Premium is the Pastoral Manager who runs the Nurture Centre and works with parents/families.
The progress of all children is monitored by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. At these meetings, with the year group teaching team, the progress of every child is recorded and discussed. Further intervention strategies are considered and the effectiveness of the use of Pupil Premium money is evaluated. We are all accountable for the progress of every child and our Governors are well aware of their responsibilities. Ofsted inspections now take into account how Pupil Premium money is spent and the impact of that expenditure on the academic outcomes of each eligible child. Unfortunately the positive impact of our interventions on their well-being is not so easily measured.