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WHAT IS PUPIL PREMIUM AND HOW DO WE USE IT?

At Oaklands Primary Academy we receive money from the Government on top of our main school funding called the Pupil Premium Grant.  Pupil premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long term economic well being between socially disadvantaged children and young people and their peers.

Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years and children who have been in care for more than six months.

It is the responsibility of the headteacher in consultation with the Governing Body and other key staff to decide on how to spend the funding but schools will be held accountable to show impact of the interventions and resources funded by the grant.

Who is eligible for this Grant?

  • Children entitled to Free School Meals according to Government criteria (not Universal School Meals) 
  • Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces

How do we use the Grant at Oaklands Primary Academy?

  • We use the Grant in our school to put provision in place to close any gaps in attainment between children in receipt of Pupil Premium and their peers both in - school and nationally.
  • As a school we are required to publish information on the amount of Pupil Premium funding we receive and how we spend it. This can be viewed on the Pupil Premium grid information pages.
  • For more information please refer to Department for Education - Pupil Premium what you need to know.

Our Principles:

At Oaklands Primary Academy we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are specifically assessed and addressed. In considering provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils eligible for FSM will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for free school meals.

Pupil Premium funding will be allocated based on a needs analysis, reflecting these considerations and which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals and supporting pupils and families to overcome personal barriers which will help them both in the immediate and in the long term .

Sports Funding and Outdoor Learning:

We are very proud of our Outdoor Learning provision and are developing a Forest School programme, a fantastic opportunity which will be available to every one of our children. We are currently using our PE grant to provide coaching for all children, not just the talented ones, in many different sports and activities. This has been hugely successful and is very popular with our children and their families. We have also seen a positive impact on learning and behaviour.

There has also been additional investment in developing Sports enrichment at lunchtimes which is fully utilised to target equality fo access to playground games for full participation. Social and emotional needs are also prioritised in this way.

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