Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children. We strongly believe that all children have the right to achieve their best and realise their potential regardless of their family income.
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of disadvantag, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. At Mead Vale we shall be using this funding to ensure that children that qualify for this funding make best progress in line with those nationally, including the most able.
Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium pupils. We use research evidence (Education Endowment Foundation 2015) and careful monitoring of the impact of our spending to help us to decide the best way to spend our pupil premium grant. Our chair and vice chair of governors take responsibility for holding the senior leadership team to account for the best use of this funding.
Due to the changes to educational provision caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the detail in the Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since April 2020. Our use of the funding has been adapted to meet students’ needs as they have arisen, whilst maintaining where possible the principles outlined in the Pupil Premium Strategy document.
Since the pupil premium funding was introduced we have seen an improvement in outcomes for our children both in engagement and achievement. We also continue to learn which approaches are having greatest impact. Here are our latest spending plans: