What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding to support schools close the attainment gap between pupils from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a pupil has been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more, the school receives an amount per head within their budget.
How does it fit in the context of our school?
Cavendish Close Junior Academy is a large 3-form entry school with over 300 pupils. We have a higher than average proportion of children who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant with the figure currently over 40%. As this is a significant proportion of our Cavendish Close community, we are committed to providing our pupils with a high quality learning experience.
What is our rationale?
At Cavendish Close Junior Academy, we base our approach on strong, well-evidenced research. We know that good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Using the Pupil Premium to improve teaching quality benefits all students and has a particularly positive effect on children eligible for the Pupil Premium. While the Pupil Premium is provided as a different grant from core funding, this financial split shouldn’t create an artificial separation from whole class teaching.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach and targeting spending across the three areas identified below. We focus our attention on the evidence of teaching quality, investing in learning and development for teachers, resulting in the best outcomes for children.