Pupil Premium funding is a government initiative to allocate funding to schools to combat disadvantage. Free School Meals (FSM) along with ‘Ever 6 FSM’ and Looked After Children are the focus group.
At Hedgewood we have scrutinised our progress data over many years and have found no correlation between FSM and LAC pupil performance and any noted under-performance. Any disadvantage is more directly attributable to a combination of autism and communication challenges, language disorder, acute sensory issues, complex medical problems and often, a lack of appropriate and consistent, early intervention. We therefore allocate our Pupil Premium funding to target the key priorities of communication, developing social interaction, social understanding, emotional wellbeing and managing sensory issues, in order to maximise pupil progress and minimise all forms of disadvantage.