What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children who are in care or adopted, and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.
Our Pupil Premium funding for the 2018-19 financial year is:
Free School Meals / Ever 6: £1320 per child which has been allocated as £330,825.00
Our Early Years Pupil Premium funding is projected to be: £1240.00
Our funding for Looked After Children is £1900 which equates to £500 per term from the LA the remaining £400 is retained to support central resources.
Identified Barriers to Educational Achievement
At Grestone Academy we value the abilities and achievements of all its pupils, and are committed to providing each pupil with the best possible environment for learning. We recognise that each child is unique and will have different needs, which may well vary throughout their time in the school. We have planned to spend our Pupil Premium funding to try to give them all the support that they need.
Grestone Academy has identified the following as barriers to achievement for many of our children:
- Many of our children have a low level of attainment when they join the school, compared to the National average.
- Children have varied social and emotional needs which impact on their learning in a variety of ways.
- A large proportion of our children (70% overall) have English as an additional language, and so experience barriers to learning due to their lack of English. A significant number of children are Direct Entry into the school with little or no English. Children at Grestone speak over 30 different languages. Some of the children need targeted support in order to catch up with their peers in terms of language and oracy.
- Mobility is at 58% which greatly affects stability.
- Due to economic and cultural reasons, many of the children have very limited access to extra-curricular activities and learning experiences out of school.
- The more able children require effective, differentiated teaching to enable them to also fulfil their potential.
- A number of our children who do not qualify for pupil premium funding, nevertheless come from very deprived families and have significant social and emotional needs.