When making decisions about using pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance & punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and therefore we respond to the individual needs of our children.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school levels of attainment have been lower for FSM (eligible for free school meals) – this is also a national trend but through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. Our aim is to ensure that every child makes the progress that they are capable of.