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Pupil Premium

Collingwood School and Media Arts College Pupil Premium


All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their personal, social, emotional and academic need within a caring specialist environment. This is an essential, integral part of the supportive ethos of the whole school community. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop his / her full potential irrespective of need.

Pupil Premium Information

The pupil premium is a government initiative which targets extra funding for pupils from deprived backgrounds, research shows that they underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support those pupils in reaching their potential. It is in addition to any funding that the pupil may receive for their special educational needs.

The government has used pupils entitled to free school meals over the last six-year period as an indicator for deprivation, and has deployed a fixed amount of funding to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for free school meals. Additional funding is also allocated to schools for any child that is ‘looked after’ or whose parent / carers are employed by HM Services. The Pupil Premium will increase every year of the course of this current government.

Schools can decide how this funding is spent, but will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for “narrowing the gap”, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the Pupil Premium compared with their peers. This expectation applies to special schools where there is a focus on expected rates of progress in comparison to national data sets (progression guidance). However, we believe that pupil progress should also be measured on an individual basis against expected progress for that child.


In order to meet the above, the governing body of Collingwood School will ensure that provision is made to reduce the barriers to learning including personal, social, emotional and academic need within a caring specialist environment. In doing so we will provide

teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. Our priority is to focus on ‘narrowing the gap’ for those pupils not on track, helping them to achieve the individual targets set for them.

As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through pupil progress meetings, and planned and recorded intervention strategies. In the case of looked after children this includes liaison with relevant social workers.

Governors also recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. Similarly, not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or groups of pupils which the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged or vulnerable.

This money can be used for support and resources to directly support these children, or indirectly through releasing time for Teachers and Teaching Assistants to provide small group or individual support.

The range of provision will cover the following:-

-Facilitating pupils’ access to education

-Facilitating pupils’ access to broader curriculum opportunities

-Additional teaching and learning opportunities

-Alternative support and intervention

Success criteria

The evaluation of this policy is based on how quickly the school can ‘narrow the gap’ between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers. To also ensure rates of progress are maintained and or improved upon.

The success criteria are:

-Provision of early intervention and support

-The vast majority of socially disadvantaged children meeting their individual targets

-Ensuring effective parental-pupil school support

-Having an effective system for identifying, assessing and monitoring pupils

-Having a whole school approach

-Creating a positive school atmosphere in which pupils’ differences are recognised and valued as full members of the school community developing confident and independent learners

The senior leadership team will meet regularly with class teachers to monitor the progress of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding.

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units.


Currently schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

– £1,320 for reception to Yr6

– £935 for Yr7 to Yr11

Schools also receive £2,300 for each pupil who:

– has been looked after for 1 day or more

– has been adopted from care

– has left care under:

– a special guardianship order

– a residence order

– a child arrangement order

Schools also receive £310 for Service Children.

More information on Pupil Premium can be found on the following website:


Information on how Collingwood School has spent the pupil premium can be found in the links below:

Long Term Pupil Premium Strategy

Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2019/20