The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid by a means of a specific grant based on school census figures for students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM). For looked after children, the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data return.
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these students.
The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and will be used by Amherst School to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the students who need it most to support and improve their learning.
Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these students. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these students and their peers. As far as its powers allow, Amherst School will use the additional funding to maximise achievement for children eligible for Pupil Premium. We will also look to support Pupil Premium children’s participation, where appropriate, in extra curricular activities and music lessons.
We will monitor this additional funding termly, at a leadership and governing body level, to make sure it reaches the students who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
In 2020-21 we anticipate the school to receive £21,795
We use our Pupil Premium funding in the following way:
- A designated Pupil Premium higher level teaching assistant is being provided for all children. The teaching assistant will provide appropriate one to one support for each child’s differing needs. Research demonstrates that one to one support is far more effective than group support.
Our designated higher level teaching assistant is Mrs Warne who is highly experienced. She works with the classteacher to identify priority areas for each child’s learning. The children’s progress is closely monitored and the intervention adjusted accordingly to ensure maximum effectiveness. Progress data for the children will be added to the website after termly assessments have been completed.