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What is the ‘Pupil Premium?’
Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds. The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation.
Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress.
At Temple Hill we believe passionately that no child should be denied the opportunity to succeed due to their financial starting point in life. We believe that extra-curricular activities and the opportunity to enjoy educational trips and visits should be open to all children, irrespective of family income. Every child has the right to feel inspired to achieve academic success and to grow emotionally and socially during their time at Temple Hill. We use our Pupil Premium funding to achieve these goals by:
- Providing opportunities and ‘life-experiences’ which the children might not otherwise have access to. These include trips, clubs and the Outdoor Learning Programme.
- Ensuring that teaching and learning across the school is at least of a ‘good’ standard. Robust monitoring ensures that all children are engaged, supported and challenged in order to make excellent progress.
- Seeking to ensure that disadvantaged children attend school with the same regularity as their non-disadvantaged peers.
- Promoting positive behaviour for learning across the school to support an environment which empowers all children to make excellent progress.
- Supporting pupils, parents and carers emotionally and financially in order to help them to deal with the pressures of modern life. This may involve counselling sessions for pupils with emotional needs. Subsidised access to breakfast and after school clubs will also be offered to ease the burden on working parents.
The progress made by pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding is closely monitored by teachers and senior leaders. The effectiveness of our Pupil Premium spending is reported to governors regularly through case studies and impact reports, examples of which can be found below.