In September 2012, the DfE made funding available to allow financially disadvantaged pupils to make accelerated progress compared to their peers.
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. The children who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding are a diverse group of children with a wide range of abilities, interests and needs. It would be unfair to categorise these pupils as either less able or less motivated. However, national statistics show that this group of children is less likely to leave school with good qualifications. The pupil premium grant is used at All Saints’ to lower the risk that these children will not reach their potential.
The All Saints’ community in Whetstone is very diverse and the difference between the most and the least affluent is greater than in most schools. The barriers to learning for disadvantaged pupils include limited access to:
rich educational experiences outside school
extra tuition where children have not understood something at school
access to expensive clubs and activities such as music teaching, adventurous activities
At All Saints’ we use the pupil premium funding to help overcome these barriers. The report below gives more details about how All Saints' spends the Pupil Premium Grant and the impact it has on children.