Here at Heronsgate Primary School, we believe that all children, no matter their background, have the right to an outstanding education, and to progress to be the best that they can be. Unfortunately, we know from educational research that, across the UK, household income defines how well children do in school. In fact, the link between low income and low academic attainment has been found to be greater in the UK than across almost all other developed countries. In the UK, over one third of pupils leave primary school without meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and Maths.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
At Heronsgate, we are determined to diminish the difference in attainment between Pupil Premium eligible pupils and their peers. Although we know that many of our Pupil Premium children enter school with low start points, our data shows that by the end of KS2 they perform in line with their peers nationally. We are extremely proud of the work that we do to address educational disadvantage, and we set out below how we maximise the funding to target children in a range of areas.
London Grid for Learning have a free tool that parents can use to check if their child is eligible for Free School Meals, thus potentially securing additional funding for the school. You can access this via https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/. To apply fo Free School Meals, please come into school to speak to the main office staff and complete the relevant paperwork.
Our full Pupil Premium strategy for 2019-2020 can be found below: