Since April 2011 the Government has provided schools with funding, called the Pupil Premium. This is based on the number of children who are entitled to one or more of the following; are free school meals, are a member of a family in the Armed Forces or are registered as being a Looked After Child. The funding formula for each category is different.
The purpose of the funding is to help support schools in their work in supporting children’s learning; social, emotional and behavioural needs; enrichment beyond the normal curriculum; and family/community needs. Evidence shows that many children classified as Pupil Premium are often disadvantaged with their education and would benefit from additional support.
Schools are able to choose how to best spend this money in order to support individual and groups of children, according to their specific needs. It is not the case that a specific amount of money must be spent on a particular child.
Purple Club Relaunch
The school has recently redesigned Purple Club. This is a club designed to support pupils with Parents in the Armed Forces. They meet regularly and take part in a variety of activities both in and out of school. There is a strong link to RAF Henlow where many of the pupils’ Parents are based.
As well as the support offered through Purple Club the School Counsellor and Pastoral Intervention Leader have a particular focus on monitoring the emotional well-being of Forces Pupils. Where necessary the pupils will see the Counsellor or Pastoral Officer either as a one-off or as an ongoing series of sessions.
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