The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding. It is used to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.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 at any point in the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM'). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made in supporting individual students.At Dover Christ Church Academy we are determined to ensure that every child, regardless of background, is given an education which allows them to reach their potential.
48.5% of our students are eligible for Pupil Premium which is significantly higher than the national figure. Dover Christ Church Academy recognizes that each individual student has different needs, interests, concerns and aspirations and we aim to ensure the best outcomes for everyone irrelevant of their background and disadvantages. For some students, this may be supporting their progress in reading, whilst for others it may be providing support for individual music lessons, counselling or University visits.We combine a clear understanding of the needs of our students along with knowledge of current research to allocate the spending of the Pupil premium grant. Research sources applied to our strategies include the Sutton Trust report ‘Subject to Background’ and the Education Endowment Foundation ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit’.
SENDCo/Assistant Vice Principle - SEN — Mr D Hunt