Strawberry Fields Primary School – Pupil Premium information
Each year, schools receive additional funding for pupils who have been eligible for free school meals during the last six years, pupils who are looked after by the local authority or who are in care, children adopted from care, and pupils from families where a parent serves in the armed forces. This money is known as the Pupil Premium Grant.
The grant takes the following form:
Pupils from Reception to Y6 who receive school meals, or who have done so at any point in the past six years (Known as ‘Ever 6’)
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
Pupils from service families in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
Although the Government does not specify how this money is to be spent, it is awarded with the intention that is allocated to initiatives to ensure that those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding reach their full potential, both academically and socially. This is sometimes referred to as ‘Closing the Gap’ or ‘Diminishing the Difference’, because the groups in receipt of Pupil Premium funding have been identified historically as attaining below the level of their non-Pupil Premium peers.
At Strawberry Fields, we believe it is important that all children receive good ‘first wave’ teaching, effective interventions where necessary, pastoral support, and enrichment and enhancement activities. It is important to recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged, and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. With this in mind, we use the Pupil Premium grant to target all areas of need and to attempt to diminish the difference for all underperforming pupils, including by investing in measures intended to improve first-wave teaching for all children. Careful and specific analysis of the attainment and progress of all children who are eligible for Pupil Premium grants will form a key part of our planning, implementation and evaluation cycle.
If you have any enquiries about looked-after children or children adopted from care at Strawberry Fields, please make an appointment to speak to Miss. Davies (our CLA lead) or Mrs. Kilburn (our Inclusion Manager). We are an inclusive school and are committed wherever possible to meeting the needs of all children and families in our community.
See the attached documents for information about how the Pupil Premium grant has been spent in previous years and our plan for how it will be spent in the current year.