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 from wealthier backgrounds by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. Pupil Premium is allocated to schools per FSM student in the last 6 years (‘Ever 6’), and Looked After Children.
Research has shown that pupils who have been on, or are on, Free School Meals do not attain as highly as other children in school. The government provides this grant so that we can commission and allocate additional support to ensure that they do. The support can be in a short burst or over a long period of time and can take many forms which are described in detail below. The decision to offer a particular type of support must always be firmly rooted in evidence-based research and have an impact. It can also be in the form of additional resources, enrichment or access to opportunities that enhance the learning experience or foster aspiration.
St Augustine’s currently has a Pupil Premium figure above national average, although it is difficult at times to target specifically PP students separately due to other contextual deprivation indicators. Therefore, we target many interventions following extensive data analysis through our own school tracking systems. We monitor Pupil Premium students rigorously and separately so that we can ensure that these selected students make expected progress and an even higher percentage making more than expected progress. This is supported by our data collections in order to ensure that any historical under-achievement is tackled.