The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is funding allocated to publicly funded schools in England by the Government to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
The premium is allocated to schools for children of eligible school age from low-income families who are:
• Currently registered for free school meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM at any time in the past 6 years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
• Looked-after children and eligible pupils adopted from care or leaving local authority care under a special guardianship or residence order.
• Parents who are currently serving in the armed forces.
• Early Years Pupil Premium is also available to schools with a Nursery class to support disadvantaged three and four-year olds.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, but are held accountable, and must report on how the funding has been used to support these groups of children. Schools are required to publish online information about how the Premium has been used, and what impact it has had.
The Premium is received on a financial year basis but, reporting is required on an academic year basis.
The Pupil Premium group at St George’s are a relatively small number of children and therefore they are not treated as a homogenous group. Historically, these children’s achievements are broadly in line with, or in some cases above, their peers and current tracking suggest this will continue to be the case.
The key purpose of our Pupil Premium funding is to enable all the pupils to reach their full potential. We work with our families and colleagues to make sure everyone involved with the child has high aspirations.
We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and will do whatever it takes to support a child, both in and out of the classroom. We use all our resources to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to become an empowered learner. In order to achieve this, we offer our children a wide range of opportunities, we always make sure these are accessible for everyone. If our PP children can’t get to opportunity, at St George’s we try to bring it to them.
Although other children will often benefit along the way (and we would not seek to prevent this) we always keep PP children at the forefront of our planning when deciding how best to deploy our PP funding to enhance their learning, life skills and experiences.
A review of Pupil Premium’s impact is carried out annually and a detailed pupil premium strategy is also completed within school but due to small number of pupil premium children, it is not published on website to ensure pupil anonymity.
For the current financial year (2019/20), St George’s School is not required to publish a Pupil Premium Strategy on our website. This is because in order to ensure that no single pupil can be identified in our data, the DfE have issued the following guidance:
“The DfE’s policy is to suppress publication figures relating to a cohort of 5 pupils or fewer. This is intended to reduce the risk of individual pupils being identified from published data”.
This is a direct quote from the DfE’s policy for publication of small numbers.
Pupil Premium Intent
During the academic year 2019/20 St George’s School expects to receive £6,140 funding for disadvantaged children and it will use this to enrich the children’s learning experiences and raise standards still further.