The Pupil Premium Grant exists to support children from socially disadvantaged families achieving well at school.
In schools, children who are supported by the Pupil Premium Grant include those who have received free school meals (FSM) or those who are in care (Looked After Children LAC).
The UK has a diverse society in many ways. Much of this this diversity is a real strength for our communities and something we should have tremendous pride in. However, some of this diversity relates to poverty and the difference in wealth between people. In education we refer to this diversity as social disadvantage. The word disadvantage is used because research clearly shows poverty has an impact on children’s success at school. Children’s life chances suffer because of poverty.
Children from socially disadvantaged families often do not achieve as well at school, as children who are not socially disadvantaged. This means that these children may not get the opportunities other children get in the future. Opportunities such as taking A levels at 6th form, higher level apprenticeships and university are less likely to be available to children who are socially disadvantaged.
This is an unfair situation and one which the Pupil Premium Grant aims to address.
Schools decide how they will spend the Pupil Premium Grant on teaching and behaviour approaches within school. We have spent considerable time identifying how we spend the grant. Our decisions are always based upon evidence, including guidance and research from the DFE and the Education Endowment Foundation.
On this page you will find a much more detailed breakdown of how we spend the Pupil Premium Grant at Newtown in our strategy review documents. However, we have summarised here, some of the ways we spend this money to provide the best opportunities, so that disadvantaged children can achieve well at our school.
We recognise that not all children from low-income families will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be eligible for pupil premium.
As well as considering barriers to learning we analyse other information about different groups of children in the school, this allows us to identify which children are not achieving well as they could, and where we should use pupil premium money to enhance provision.
How we use the Pupil Premium Grant to make a difference to children: