Pupil Premium is funding received from the Government in addition to our main school funding. It is provided to help schools close the attainment gap between children from disadvantaged families and their peers. This includes pupils eligible for Free School Meals at any point over the last six years, Looked After Children, children adopted from care and children with a parent or parents in the armed forces.
Pupil Premium Funding is provided to enable eligible pupils to be supported to ensure they reach their full potential. Pupil Premium can be spent according to the needs of the eligible pupils, both in terms of academic needs and social needs.
Schools are held to account for the ways in which they choose to spend their Pupil Premium funding. Governors at our school have agreed that this support is provided by qualified teachers, HLTAs and teaching assistants during the school day, and that a small amount is to be used in other ways so that eligible pupils are not disadvantaged socially. We use some of the funding to offer Support and Challenge for eligible pupils in all areas of the curriculum and targeting those pupils who have not achieved the required standard in the Phonics Screening Check. We also provide an additional Mid-Day Lunchtime Supervisor in each year-group to enable eligible pupils to have more opportunities to develop social skills.
At William Austin Infant School we are a highly inclusive school and believe that no child should be disadvantaged. We aim to provide a broad and balanced range of experiences which will help to narrow the gap between different groups of pupils and raise attainment and the rate of progress for all pupils.
Please see the attached further information for more on how we spend this funding.