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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding provided to schools to support disadvantaged pupils to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children, reach their full potential and to close the gap in attainment that exists between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium funding:

  • Children who are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM at any point in the last 6 years,
  • Looked after children who have been looked after by Social Care continuously for more than 6 months and
  • Children of those employed in the armed forces.

Each school may decide how best to use the pupil premium funding to support their disadvantaged pupils and families within the school community.

At Courthouse, we strategic focus is driven by:

  • observation of the children and their needs,
  • data analysis at school and national level,
  • review of the last plan and best value and
  • research e.g. the EEF Toolkit and the Sutton Trust.

Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils

  • Speech and language difficulties, including a narrow vocabulary and poor oracy
  • Poor self esteem and attitude to learning 
  • Special Educational Needs or disabilities, particularly in the domain of cognition and learning
  • Poor basic skills upon entry to school including handwriting
  • Varying parental capacity to support learning
  • Poor general knowledge and few life experiences

Details of how we spent the pupil premium in 2017-2018, the impact of our work and how we plan to spend the pupil premium in 2018-2019 can be found in the document in the sidebar.

Our next pupil premium review will take place in July 2019 with our School Improvement Partner.