The Pupil Premium grant is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students on roll known to be currently eligible for free school meals or who have claimed within the last 6 years, as well as pupils who have been looked after by the local authority, or have left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used. The DFE defines pupils receiving the pupil premium funding as ‘disadvantaged’ and pupils not receiving the funding as ‘other’ pupils.
We organise teaching and learning at Copperfield Academy in order to meet the needs of all children in the best way. We allocate some of the Pupil Premium money to make sure all children have their needs met through quality first teaching. We are committed to ensuring that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that our socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met. Copperfield Academy further supports these groups using many strategies that are beyond the remit of the expenditure report.
We recognise that not all children who receive the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged receive the Pupil Premium Grant. Given this, we will carefully track how well Pupil Premium Grant children are achieving as a group compared to their peers at Copperfield and nationally.