What is pupil premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers.
Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
How do we spend Pupil Premium assigned to our pupils?
We receive Pupil Premium payments for a small number of learners who attend the Orchard School. We recognise the money should be used in as effective way as possible and sometimes this may differ from pupil to pupil.
As a result of this each learner is allocated their pupil premium budget and we highlight an individual spend for them with a view to improving attendance, engagement and attainment.
During the 2018-2019 School Term, pupil premium was used to pay for :
Emotional Awareness Training
Out of term time activities
Sports equipment (personal to students)
For the School Year 2018-2019 the school received £18,300 in pupil premium and the entire sum was spent on support for the students.