Grendon Underwood School recognises that all children regardless of background should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential. The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils with disadvantage.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals. At Grendon Underwood, we will be using this indicator plus those children in Local Authority Care as our target children and will work to ‘diminish the difference’ in their attainment compared with that of their non-disadvantaged peers.
Schools are able to decide how best to spend the funding and are accountable for this.
To ensure that provision is focused on ‘diminishing the difference’ for those pupils deemed to be behind their own personal progress expectation.
In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body at Grendon Underwood School will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.
As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the Governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through termly pupil progress meetings.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
The Governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil of groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The range of provision
The Headteacher and the Senior Leaders, will maintain an ongoing programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils, which will be subject to the oversight of the Governors’ Curriculum Committee.