The government allocate an amount of money to each school in the form of the ‘Pupil Premium Grant’. The purpose of which is to provide schools with additional funding to raise attainment of disadvantaged pupils, between the ages of 5 and 16, and support all pupils to reach their potential. At Cedars Academy 62% of students are eligible for pupil premium, this is well above the national average of 27%. As a result the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils are reflected in the barriers faced by the school population: 13% Sensory, Physical or Medical need; 19% Social, Emotional and Mental Health need; 7% Communication, Interaction need; 30% Autistic Spectrum Condition; 31% Cognition & Learning need.
The premium is not necessarily intended to be specifically allocated to individual students. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At Cedars Academy this money is used to ensure that pupils eligible for the funding are enabled to achieve their full potential both academically and socially, promoting self-esteem and confidence, as well as giving academic support.
We plan to review our Pupil premium Strategy in April 2017.
For details of how we spend our Pupil Premium funding please see the documents below: