Pupil Premium Funding Statement
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools with pupils from Reception to Y11 who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), or are looked after or have parents currently in the Armed Forces.
The Government believes that Head teachers and school leaders should make the decisions on how to use their pupil premium funding. They are accountable for the decisions they make through: the performance tables which show the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers; the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment and progress of pupil groups, and in particular those who are eligible for pupil premium.
Small Heath Leadership Academy Pupil Premium Principles:
1. Improve academic outcomes
This is the key principle of Pupil Premium. We want every child to have the opportunity to
succeed academically and realise their full potential. Our aim is to remove any barriers to learning and offer targeted support and advice to improve the knowledge, skills and understanding of the curriculum.
2. Enrich pupils lives through new opportunities and a creative curriculum
We want every pupil to have opportunities outside ‘classroom’ learning and to develop a variety of life skills that will help them to be socially aware and develop confidence. We want pupils to have high aspirations and learn to be comfortable in a range of environments and circumstances.
3. Encourage excellence
We want to offer behavioural and social support and reward consistent excellence and sustained improvement to create safe and supportive learning environments for all pupils.
4. Ensure there is no hardship that hinders learning
We want all pupils to have all of the equipment, uniform, resources and technology they need to succeed in education. We want pupils to feel safe on the journey to and from school at school, as well as at school and have excellent attendance and punctuality.
We have continued with previous strategies that have had an impact and produced effective support for the children who need it, and extended interventions where funds allow.