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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals at any time in the last six years. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used.

These include children:

  • who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years;
  • who have been in care for more than six months (CLA);
  • whose parents are currently employed by the armed services.

Nationally, the statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of FSM, do less well than their peers in exams, for example: SATs.  All schools are therefore required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used; alongside the impact of the funding, once available.

Principles for supporting pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding: At High Cliff Academy, we view the needs of all our children as important and ensure that our teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of them;

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups;
  • We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged (or indeed underachieving) and not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for free school meals;
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated based on a needs analysis, reflecting these considerations, which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.

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