Closing the Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils Policy

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Approved by Governors: 
1 February 2021
Due for review: 
February 2024
Author: 
Matthew Ingall, John Jackson, Amy Herbert

The purpose of this policy is to outline strategies to narrow the attainment gap between Disadvantaged Children (defined as those entitled to Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus) and other pupils.

The category ‘Pupil Premium Plus’ is a higher allowance for children who are in care, or who have been adopted from care. Please be mindful that the higher allowance is in recognition that children in care/adopted children will all have suffered significant trauma, in the forms of abuse and/ or neglect; and that alongside this, the loss experienced by the child at being removed from the birth/family home. The emotional impact is long standing and affects the child throughout their life. This is different from the criteria of Free School Meals, and is recognised by the government in the increased amount.

All members of staff and the governing body accept responsibility for Disadvantaged Children; including looked after children and children adopted from care; and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring Christian environment. This is an essential, integral part of the spiritual development of the whole school community. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of need.

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