In 2011 the Government introduced pupil premium funding to provide schools with additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to Year 11. This funding is paid to schools with the understanding that they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need and to enable schools to deploy funds in such a way as to narrow the attainment gap.
Pupil Premium is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream and schools.
Larches High School is a secondary Pupil Referral Unit and Medical school in Preston. The school caters for up to 140 pupils although numbers fluctuate throughout the school year.
Pupils who qualify for pupil premium include:
- Those not reaching level 4 in English and Maths by the end of key stage 2 (‘catch up’ pupils)
- Those pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM)
- Those pupils who have at any point over the last six years been eligible for Free School Meals (Ever 6FSM)
- Looked after children (LAC)
- Children adopted from care in England (under the Adoption and Children Act 2002) – where parents have informed the school
- Armed forces children
Pupil Premium Plus
This relates to children looked after and is provided to schools to facilitate the support identified in the Personal Education Plan (PEP). The funds received will differ subject to the needs of the individual pupil.
Using the Pupil Premium Funding
In making decisions on the use of Pupil Premium we will
- Ensure that funding allocated to our school is used solely for its intended purpose
- Use the latest evidence based research on proven strategies which work to narrow the attainment gap and adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of our pupils
- Be transparent in our reporting of how we have used the Pupil Premium funding and ensure that there is robust monitoring and evaluation in place for its use by the school and the Governing Body
- Encourage take up of FSM by working proactively with our parents and carers in a sensitive and supportive manner to remove any potential barriers whilst recognising the vital role parents and carers play.
- Understand that FSM pupils may have a wide range of needs and use strategies which will raise attainment and meet individual and group needs.
- Ensure high quality teaching and learning
How we will do this
- Individual and small group interventions: targeted support and direct intervention in Literacy and Numeracy
- Those identified on entry via the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) have been provided with individual literacy intervention
- Key Stage 4 pupils: GCSE preparation support
- Social, emotional and engagement support for pupils via: counselling options, school holiday support, school uniforms, transport to interview or post 16 open events.
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