The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities of children that are disadvantaged and this funding reaches the pupils who need it the most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for :
Children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings.
Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Historically, pupils receiving FSM make slower progress and achieve lower results than those children who do not receive FSM. This is a national issue. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to target support to ‘narrow the gap’.
Pupil Premium Strategy Reviews take place on an annual basis every September, with monitoring taking place on a termly basis.
‘Westcott is a lovely school. I feel like my children have really progressed whilst being here.’
‘My child has progressed very well and is always happy when leaving school and ready to start the next day.’
‘I like that both my children are supported and happy in school. Its great that I am able to speak with teachers and time is always made for parents.’
‘The choice of after school and lunchtime activities is great. The reward assemblies are also a great idea.’
‘I like the Award Assemblies not just for the children’s sake but I like to come in & see them showcase their achievements. Its great to see them looking proud & happy.’
‘The school always provides up to date information about what the children have been doing on Twitter.’
‘Approachability of teachers and support staff is great, I’ve never felt that I’ve been too much trouble when needing to speak to staff.’
‘It is a well kept school with a calm and positive environment for the children to learn in. Always looking for ways to improve.’