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Pupil Premium Statement (reviewed annually in October)

All icollege members of staff and the Management Committee accept responsibility for deprived’ learners, those in care, those recently adopted and children of service families, and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring educational environment.  This is an essential, integral part of the supportive ethos of the whole school community.

As with every learner in our care, a learner who is in receipt of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of need.

PPG is a Government initiative that targets extra money at learners from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. PPG is provided in order to support these learners in reaching their potential. It is in additional to any funding the learner may receive to support their educational needs.

The Government have used learners entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed  a fixed amount of money to schools per learner, based on the number of learners registered for FSM. Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with learners 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 learners who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel (Ever 5).This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year,icollege will be using the indicators above to target learners to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment.

The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their learners to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap. This expectation applies to all schools where there is a focus on expected rates of progress in comparison to national data sets.

In order to meet the above requirements, the Management Committee will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all learners. Our priority will be focussed on ‘narrowing the gap’ for those students not on track to achieve the individual targets set for them.

As part of the additional provision made for learners who belong to vulnerable groups, the Management Committee will ensure that the needs of learners in receipt of PPG  are adequately assessed and addressed through regular learner progress meetings, and planned and recorded intervention strategies.
 
The Management Committee also recognise that not all learners who are eligible are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Management Committee reserve the right to allocate’ PRU top-up’ funding to support any learner, or groups of learners the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged or vulnerable learners.

Icollege will aim to
• Facilitate learners’ access to education
• Facilitate learners’ improvement in English and maths
• Facilitate learners' access to broader  curriculum  opportunities
• Offer additional teaching and learning opportunities
• Offer alternative support and intervention
• Offer support for personal development, behaviour, welfare and well-being

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