Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 to provide additional support for “Children in Care” and those from low income families. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially. We believe passionately that no child should be denied the opportunity to succeed due to their financial starting point in life. We believe that extra-curricular activities and the opportunity to enjoy educational trips and visits should be open to all children, irrespective of family income.

Every child has the right to feel inspired to achieve academic success and to grow emotionally and socially during their time at Painters Ash, with this in mind, we use the following key strategies to support the progress and achievement of children eligible for the ‘Pupil Premium Funding’.

1 - Providing opportunities and ‘life-experiences’ which the children might not otherwise have access to. These include a variety of school trips and clubs.

2 - Ensuring that teaching and learning across the school is at least of a ‘good’ standard. Robust monitoring ensures that all children are engaged, supported and challenged in order to make excellent progress.

3 - Seeking to ensure that disadvantaged children attend school with the same regularity as their non-disadvantaged peers.

4 - Promoting positive behaviour for learning across the school to support an environment which empowers all children to make excellent progress.

5 - Supporting pupils, parents and carers emotionally and financially in order to help them to deal with the pressures of modern life. This may involve counselling sessions for pupils with emotional needs. Subsidised access to breakfast and after school clubs will also be offered to ease the burden on working parents.

6 - We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.

7 - We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of children who receive the pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed.

8 - In making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.

9 - We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. Each intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the pupil premium grant.

Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time. However, we will endeavour that over the course of an academic year intervention will take place for all of the children receiving free school meals.