The Government believes the Pupil Premium, introduced in 2011 as an addition to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. They believe this will ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. A high proportion of pupils at Penn Fields School receive Pupil Premium funding.
At Penn Fields School we have the very highest expectations of, and aspirations for, all our students. Our Governing Body share our belief that every pupil should have equal opportunities to achieve the best possible life chances, and we share the drive to ensure all students are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.
We make every effort to ensure our disadvantaged students receive outstanding support and believe it is essential all of our students reach their potential as a result of excellent teaching. The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) to all schools based on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and the number of children who are looked‐after (CLA) and the aim of PPF is to support schools in raising the achievement of the most disadvantaged students.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, we understand not all students who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also acknowledge not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any students or groups of students the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged
As a school, we recognise it is not the funding itself that will improve achievement and attainment, but how it is implemented. The Department for Education (DfE) expects us to use PPF appropriately and to be accountable for the decisions we make. At Penn Fields, active involvement of the Governors, through effective and rigorous planning, and monitoring, ensure the efficient management of PPF and this leads to the successful deployment of staff and resources to benefit all groups of students.
At Penn Fields, we are clear in the way our interventions are targeted to ensure FSM pupils benefit from PPF. However, we acknowledge that making improvements to teaching and learning is not exclusive to students on FSM, and consequently other students will receive the advantage from this.
Please click on the links below for the summary of the PPF expenditure and interventions at Penn Fields School.
Which children are eligible for Pupil Premium funding?
Children who, at any point in the last six years, have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
Children who are looked after
Children of Armed Services personnel
We try to target the funds as effectively as possible and often supplement them from the main school budget which means we are able to provide a wide range of additional resources and therapies that more accurately target the specific needs of our pupils.