The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between students eligible for free school meals (including looked-after children and those of armed forces personnel) and other students, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. Schools are accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils and have to report on the impact of the spending.
At Pensford Primary, we have a good track record of attainment for disadvantaged pupils, which has mostly been at least as good as for other pupils in recent years. We have also decided to participate in training opportunities such as 'The Inclusion Expert' training in 2018-19 and to be part of a working party within The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust to identify and develop best practice.
We have set out our approach in a more detailed format for 2018-19 compared to previous years.