What is the Pupil Premium ?

“The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England.It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.” – Dfe 2014

Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium ?

Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM)

The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census who are known to have been eligible for FSM since May 2012, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2018

Children adopted from care or who have left care

The pupil premium for 2020 to 2021 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.

Ever 6 service child

For the purposes of these grant conditions, Ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2018 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2013 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2018 school census. The grant will be allocated as set out in sections 4, 5 and 6 below. Where national curriculum year groups do not apply to a pupil, the pupil will attract PPG if aged 4 to 15 as recorded in the January 2018 school census.

If you think your child may be eligible for the pupil premium but is not currently receiving it, please contact the school office.

Pupil Premium at Valley Gardens Middle School

2020/21 Pupil Premium Plan

The Government is providing additional funding for maintained schools and academies to “raise the attainment” of disadvantaged children and address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers. At Valley Gardens, we have a small cohort of pupil premium pupils. In deciding how to spend our pupil premium grant we use the best research evidence available from organisations such as the Sutton Trust, The Rowntree foundation and Ofsted,  to help us to create individual plans for each of our pupil premium learners.

It is important to note that the pupil premium is not ring fenced funding for individual pupils and it is for the school to decide how best to use the collective money to raise the achievement of eligible pupils. However, at Valley Gardens Middle, we consult with the young people concerned to establish what actions would best help their progress. At Valley Gardens, our current pupil premium strategy is weighted towards Key Stage 2 to enable pupils to achieve as highly as possible by the end of Keys stage 2 so that they are secondary ready.

Below is our spending plan and strategy for raising the attainment and progress of our pupil premium pupils in the academic year 2020/21

The document below shows information about the school’s use of the pupil premium in 2020/21 and the impact it has had: