Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Pupils may be entitled to pupil premium funding if parents/carers receive one of the following benefits: Income Support. Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit Only (with income up to £16,190) with no element of Working Tax Credit.

The Dales School uses Pupil Premium effectively in order to raise achievement and narrow the gap between those children from low income families, looked after children, children whose parents are serving in the armed forces and their peers. We are aware of the challenges that face these vulnerable groups and are committed to addressing their needs to ensure that they have the best chance to fulfill their potential.

It is our intention to use the Pupil Premium funding from the main school budget and to target the groups of pupils and individuals that it is intended for. Also, the funding will be spent on strategies considered to be the most effective on raising achievement; these will include:

  • Additional support for work to build self-esteem, confidence, positive behaviours or learning skills
  • Aspiration raising activities that will benefit the pupil’s learning, wellbeing and development
  • Extra learning resources that may support these pupils including access to therapies and therapeutic interventions.

In 2019/2020 we received £108,710 in pupil premium.

This fund was targeted at those children who were entitled to this funding in a very individualised approach, linked it to each child’s individual needs and aspirations and purchase equipment & sessions that will support their individual development. This ranged from laptops and tablets, specialist software, specialist seating, sensory toys, bikes and increased access to a range of different therapeutic approaches

In 2020/2021 we expect to receive £146,905 for 90 pupils who are entitled to this funding.

Again we will target spending on an individual basis to improve pupil’s development, engagement and progress. Our plans will remain flexible and responsive to the current situation and COVID-19 restrictions.