The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) or have registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM'); it is also provided for all looked after children (CLA) and services children.
The pupils premium grant, which is additional to main school funding, is for schools to use in whatever ways they think fit to 'narrow the gap' and address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers. Schools are charged to ensure that this funding is used to tackle disadvantage and reaches the pupils who need it most.
At Challney High School for Girls, we believe that every child deserves the best possible educational experience with the best possible achievement outcomes. Therefore we are committed to eliminate the progress and performance gaps between girls from differing socio-economic backgrounds.
We understand that outstanding teaching and learning lie at the heart of student success and are core to promoting equitable progress of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. We will close the achievement and progress gaps between students from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds by:
- Targeted interventions
- Deploying a variety of support strategies, including physical and material resources
- Providing extra-curricular support and quiet, after-hours learning spaces
- Improving reading, writing, numeracy and communication skills
- Responding to the School's performance data and ensuring that there is a clear focus on all disadvantaged pupils, including those from a range of ethnic backgrounds and those with SEN
- Motivating and encouraging our girls to become aspirational, confident and successful learners who will become influential young women in the fast changing world in which they will become adult members.