The Pupil Premium Funding stream is awarded from government and is designed specifically to benefit those children who are registered for Free School meals (or have been at some point in the last six years), children of service families and those children who are or were in Local Authority Care. The identity of the individuals who are eligible are never shared with anyone other than key members of staff and there is nothing about any practice within school that might imply who they are. We work closely with those families to ensure they understand how the premium is used and how we nurture their children. As a result of the need to protect the identities of these individuals, all information on our website is generalised in nature.
At Upham School, we carefully track the progress of every single child throughout the year. A benefit of our small cohorts is that the headteacher is able to retain an overview of well-being and attainment for everyone. All can access additional support from a learning support assistant or a little extra encouragement from their teacher, should they need it, at any point in their learning journey through the school. Learning in our school is inherently flexible and teachers adapt learning continually for the mixed ages in class. Every single child needs to be challenged in their learning in order to progress and that applies just as much to children receiving pupil premium funding as everyone else.
Pupil premium enables us to tailor other support for the individuals eligible for the premium, based on their circumstances or need. In class, this support would not necessarily appear different to that for anyone else. We publish our pupil premium strategy every academic year to demonstrate how the pupil premium money we receive is used and the impact it has had on development – though individuals cannot be identified:
Here is Our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2021/22 academic year and into 2022/23 using the required DfE template:
Prior to the Autumn Term 2021 we published strategy documents using our own format, tailored to the specific requirements and nature of our pupil premium population. You may be interested in these previous documents: