What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child is eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After) the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services. This money is allocated to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning. Nationally, the statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of FSM do less well than their peers. At Harbour, we don't follow the national trend. Our data shows that by the time our children leave us in Year 6, our pupil premium children are doing as well as, and in some cases better than their peers.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive FSM will be socially disadvantaged, and we also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM! We are committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strive to close any gaps in achievement.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement which can be viewed below, shows how we allocate the funding that we receive according to our values and ethos. We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth. Data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress.
Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact. This includes an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium (Mrs Parson), and Pupil Premium Lead (Mrs Elton), who work with the Headteacher to lead on the development plan and a coordinated approach to implementing plans. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.