We receive extra funding from the government to help improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
- generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
- often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
We receive pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils we have from the following groups.
- Free school meals
- Looked-after and previously looked-after children
- Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s personal education plan.
- Service premium
We also receive recovery premium which we spend and account in the same way as we do for pupil premium. This money is included on pupil premium plan attached below.
It’s up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium and recovery funds. This is because school leaders are best-placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use funding to improve attainment. In line with evidence, here at Curnow we find that pupil premium spending is most effective when we use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality - investing in learning and development for teachers. We focus on three key areas:
- Teaching (including CPD, recruitment and retention)
- Targeted academic support and physical support
- Wider approaches (including behaviour, attendance and wellbeing)
As a school we have a duty to share how we are using our pupil premium fund appropriately. This is measured through Ofsted inspections and the progress made by children who are eligible for pupil premium. We also report to our Local Governing Body and Trustees on the expenditure and impact of Pupil Premium Funding.
We are extremely proud at Curnow to report that those pupils in our school who receive Pupil Premium funding make the same/better progress than their peers.
Please read the attached document to find out how our pupil premium funding is being allocated this year.