The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been "looked after" continuously for more than six months.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as we see fit and we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. We publish information about how we have used the Premium so that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support they receive.
At our school, we believe that it is our role to ensure that EVERY child achieves to the best of their ability and is supported and developed, regardless of their ability level and whether or not they are achieving the age related expectations. Our children matter to us and, together with Parents and Carers, we work to ensure that they gain the knowledge, skills and enriching experiences that allow them to access and succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve successful, happy lives.
We monitor these interventions closely, ensuring that they are effective, and that children make the additional progress they need to make in order to catch up
At Castlewood Primary School, we believe that by directing the Pupil Premium funding in a variety of ways, we will realign the chances for FSM children to achieve as well as their non-FSM peers and to enjoy the same breadth of experiences.
Pupil Premium has a wide number of aims:
To increase social mobility
To enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities
To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest attaining pupils nationally