Like all schools, Samuel Laycock has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential. The Department for Education (DfE) provides the additional funding for schools to support specific groups of pupils who may be disadvantaged. Allocations are made based on the school which the eligible student attends at the time of the January school census.
Pupil Premium - Additional funding given to schools so that we can support our disadvantaged pupil cohort closing the attainment gap between them and their peers. The current level of Pupil Premium allowance for secondary schools is £935 per pupil and is allocated to schools based on the number of students who receive a free school meal or have done at any point in the last six years.
Pupil Premium Plus - In April 2014 a Pupil Premium Plus grant was introduced to promote the education of children and young people in care. This provides each Looked After Child (LAC) of school age, and those children adopted from care, with an additional £1,900 to support their education and is targeted to improve outcomes and raise attainment. For Looked After Children on roll how this grant is used is identified as part of each students' Personal Education Plan (PEP).
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocation is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
Within our current school population over 50% of pupils on roll are eligible for either Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium Plus.
Please see the report below for more details on how we use this funding.