At The Totteridge Academy we believe that a child’s background should have no bearing on their academic achievement.
We believe that the achievement gap between our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students should be below that of the national average, reflective of our commitment to meeting the needs of all learners.
We believe that to continue to reduce the gap between our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students a vital part of our success will be the effective use of the government’s Pupil Premium grant. Details of how the grant will be used to improve the opportunities for our disadvantaged students can be found below.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who:
- have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’)
- have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC)
- are children of service personnel
From April 2013, Pupil Premium is based on a grant of £900 per student for FSM, Ever 6 FSM and LAC. The grant for service children is £250.
The funding is intended to allow additional resources to be applied in improving achievement of students who are possibly disadvantaged by low family incomes. National data shows that FSM students are more likely to underachieve than students who are not entitled to FSM.