The Government provides extra support for these children through Pupil Premium funding. The following information is taken from the DFE website (further information can be found using the link)
- Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Barriers to Learning:
Our pupils that are eligible for pupil premium funding face many barriers that affect their learning and general development. These include:
Limited access to language
Poor literacy levels
Narrow experience of life outside school
Difficulty being self-confident and resilient.
To overcome the barriers, pupil premium spending is used to in many ways outlined in the below reports.
Subsidised Breakfast Club at Holy Spirit:
We are very proud of how we help our families at Holy Spirit. One of our main equality principles is to fight deprivation and to ensure that no child goes hungry. By offering, a very cheap accessible breakfast club, a mum with two children can leave for work or college from 7.45 am and save money - this money can then be used at home to support the children. Having this facility makes it much easier for parents to work and therefore support their families.
We charge just £1 per day and use pupil premium money to cover most of the costs for staffing, resources, food etc.
By offering this facility, children can get into school early and be ready and organised for the day ahead. Children with some attendance and punctuality difficulties are signposted to using the breakfast club - this really helps them get into school where they can learn and make progress.