At Uffington School we endeavour to support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required.
Children of families serving in HM Forces, Looked After Children and children eligible for Free School Meals attract the Pupil Premium. Children who have ever been eligible for Free School Meals continue to attract the Pupil Premium under the ‘Ever 6’ ruling; the reason for this is that, as a group, children who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for Free School Meals. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who most need it.
At Uffington School, we endeavour to encourage all those families who are eligible for Free School Meals to register, even if they do not wish to take a meal provided by the school, in order to release the funding to which they are entitled.
The school receives an annual sum of £1,320 for children eligible for Free School Meals, and £300 for the children of service personnel. Looked After Children and Previously Looked After children are also awarded additional funding at a rate of £2,300 per annum. It is the responsibility of governing bodies to monitor how the Pupil Premium is used to improve outcomes for children in these groups.
The governors of Uffington Church of England Primary School have made the decision to utilise Pupil Premium funding as follows:
- To provide additional small group teaching in English and Mathematics;
- To support learning through the provision of teaching assistants;
- To provide specialist counselling, e.g. play therapy;
- To fund, in full, any costs relating to extra-curricular activities and visits, including residential trips.
The Headteacher and Governing Body monitor the attainment and progress of children eligible for the Pupil Premium on a regular basis in order to assess the impact of funding.