At Milton Park, we have a clear rationale that the best place to meet the needs of all of pupils is through our quality first classroom offer. Our school serves the area of Milton which has pockets of high deprivation. Therefore, we provide children and their families with enriching opportunities to widen their experiences and aspirations. When making decisions on allocating pupil premium funds, we take into account the needs of our community.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to school to be of benefit to pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after (in the care of the local authority) continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.
Why was Pupil Premium Funding introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Funding, which is additional to the main school funding is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers.
Who decided how the Pupil Premium Funding is spent?
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid directly to school; allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals, is looked after or whose parent is in one of the services. Schools decide how to use the funding as we are the best place to assess what our pupils need.
How are schools accountable for the spending of Pupil Premium Funding?
We are held accountable for the decisions we make through:
What barriers to education achievement can disadvantaged children at Milton Park Primary School face?
Disadvantaged pupils may face all sorts of difficulties which make it harder for them to achieve at school. They will be different for every individual but may include; unsettled home lives, lack of parental income to access optional extra-curricular activities, health issues within the family, responsibilities as a young carer, low self-esteem, poor organisational skills, previous negative family experiences of education, lack of equipment or uniform and issues with poor hygiene and housing.