Fair is everybody getting what they need to be successful; this does not always mean everybody requires the same support. Our strategy for the Pupil Premium Funding at Ely St Mary’s is one which considers the needs of the cohort of pupils, as well as individual children, and tailoring our provision to enable them to succeed in school, and beyond. We believe that by addressing the needs of the whole child, we are much more likely to achieve our overall aim of successfully diminishing the attainment and progress difference between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils. This is illustrated below, with further detail to be found in the attached documents.

What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their entitled pupils and close the attainment gap between these pupils and their peers.  The Government believes that provision of the Pupil Premium is the best way in which to address underlying inequalities between children, with the aim of closing the educational attainment gap which currently exists between each of pupils from poorer families, those with parents in the Armed Forces, Looked-After Children, and their better-off peers.  Government documents may refer to such pupils as 'disadvantaged'.

Who is entitled to the Pupil Premium?

  • pupils currently registered for Free School Meals;
  • pupils who have ever been registered for Free School Meals in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM);
  • children who have been in care for one day or more, or are registered on the school census as having been adopted from care;
  • children of service personnel.