The Pupil Premium is additional funding government provides to help schools support children from low-income and other disadvantaged families to achieve as well as their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Looked After Child), the school receives an amount per head within their budget.
At Little Stoke Staff believe in all children and their ability to achieve; there are no excuses made for under performance. Instead, all adults adopt an approach which searches for solutions, encouraging the children to do the same. We support the children to develop a growth mind set attitude towards learning. Our priority is to ensure that day to day teaching in school continues to improve with increasing percentages of outstanding teaching across the school. Additionally, we also ensure that focused support and pastoral care is given to children that require it so that they are achieving their full potential. We believe the benefits provided by the extra funding should be available to all our children within school who could be considered to be vulnerable irrespective of whether they receive Pupil Premium funding.
The school considers how to allocate pupil premium money on an annual basis following rigorous data analysis and careful consideration of the needs of all the children within this group. The Action Plan for Pupil Premium spending focuses on whole-school strategies that make a difference for all pupils; strategies that target under-performing pupils, and specific strategies targeting pupil premium pupils. We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of Pupil Premium funding, and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly to make sure that the correct support and strategies are identified so children can make the very best progress possible and that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact on achievement, attendance and pastoral care. At Little Stoke, under-performing pupils at all levels are targeted, not just lower attaining pupils.