The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who have been identified by the Government as vulnerable to possible underachievement.
This includes: pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the local authority and the children of armed service personnel.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used. Once information is available, the impact of the funding should also be reported. As a condition of the Grant, schools must publish their strategy statement for the current academic year by December 31st.
Please see ‘Pupil Premium at LJS’ for information about the Pupil Premium provision at our school or click on the links below to access additional Government guidance on the topic:
Pupil Premium at LJS
Each year the school carries out an evaluation of its initiatives and the impact they are having on attainment and progress for individuals and groups of children across the school. This routine evaluation includes specific consideration of the impact made by measures funded by our Pupil Premium.
The impact of our Pupil Premium strategy is measured by how much the school has been able to: narrow academic gaps where they are known to exist either in-house or Nationally and ensure children are socially & emotionally able to cope with the challenges they face.
Academic attainment and progress tracked throughout, and measured at the end of, each year (including the end of Key Stage 2 results for those children in Year 6) is used as the key indicator of the success of our school’s impact. Other information (such as attendance data for example) is also taken into account, however, especially when dealing with our school's impact on potential barriers to learning linked to areas such as social & emotional development.
Decisions taken regarding the most appropriate ways to target our Pupil Premium spending are informed by a combination of related research and in-house experience of strategies that have been most successful for our children in previous years. The external research we use includes that provided by the Education Endowment Federation and, from September 2022, the 'menu of approaches' included within the Department for Education's guidance document: Using Pupil Premium: Guidance for School Leaders.
In addition, our school works closely in partnership with specialist external agencies where appropriate to ensure that the provision for those individuals and/or groups with specific additional requirements are as effective as possible.