The Government introduced additional funding to schools, known as Pupil Premium, based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals, those who have been looked after and for the children of service families to ensure that socially disadvantaged pupils make progress and attainment in line with all pupils. Schools have been given the choice of what to use this additional funding for, based on the particular needs of the individual pupils involved; there has been no specific guidance for the use of pupil premium funding.
At High Down, we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, which includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. Similarly, we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
A working party of school governors review the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium Plan termly. The 2018 – 19 plan will be evaluated for impact in September 2019 and a new plan will be agreed for the 2019 -20 school year.
Please see below our Pupil Premium Policy