What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. The funding is allocated to a range of initiatives aimed at supporting more disadvantaged pupils, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children and to ensure that they reach their full potential. In addition to FSM the school may receive pupil premium for any ‘Looked after children’ (Children in Care), Armed Forces children or children who have been adopted, have a residency order or special guardianship.
Following the guidance produced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), St Dennis Primary Academy uses a tiered approach to Pupil Premium which focuses on improving teaching, targeted academic support and other wider strategies.
Teaching - This is our top priority for Pupil Premium spending and includes professional development to ensure that every teacher is supported to keep improving.
Targeted academic support - Linking structured one-to-one or small group intervention by teachers and teaching assistants to classroom teaching is a key component of our Pupil Premium strategy.
Wider strategies – Ways to support and overcome the most significant non-academic barriers to success in school, including attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support are also targeted through our Pupil Premium strategy.
Reports explaining how the funds have been utilised and the impact can be downloaded below.