The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is allocated to schools for children who are or have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Children In Care and Service Families. Nationally, those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding are amongst the lowest-performing groups of pupils at all stages of the education system. At Mathilda Marks-Kennedy, the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is targeted to accelerate the progress of disadvantaged pupils and to try and ensure the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children is closed, as well as supporting children with their mental health & wellbeing and access to wider curriculum opportunities.
Mathilda Marks-Kennedy acknowledges the responsibility for 'socially disadvantaged' pupils and we are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within our school. We are committed to 'narrowing the gap' between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium funding forms a vital part of that process.
Our approach for Pupil Premium is guided through the following principles:
- Ensuring that learning and teaching opportunities meet the needs of all pupils;
- Ensuring that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, including ensuring the needs of socially disadvantaged are adequately assessed and addressed;
- Recognising that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged, as well as that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals;
- Allocating the funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged;
- Allocating the funding following a 'needs analysis' to identify priority class, groups or individuals.
The Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed annually. The next review will be in September 2022.