Working to close the gap

This area of the College website gives parents and other interested parties information about how the school is spending the Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Premium funding it receives and how it can support the achievement and progress of those pupils who are, or who have been previously, eligible for free school meals and/or who are Looked After Children.

The Pupil Premium

The gap in Britain between the achievement of most and least affluent pupils is extremely wide – leading to poor access for some of the less affluent children to good GCSE qualifications, A Levels and higher education, and consequently better paid employment. Therefore, schools have rightly been challenged to narrow this gap and improve outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The government has provided schools with additional money to spend on pupils who are eligible for free school meals (or who have been eligible at some point in the past six years) or who may be Looked After Children.

At Sawston Village College we are doing a number of things to improve performance with this group. Overseen by Daniel Burgess, Assistant Principal, we are investing in increased support for literacy and numeracy, assertive mentoring from mentors, Heads of Houses and outside agencies, reduced costs for extra-curricular activities and help with some educational materials and resources. Pupil Premium pupils are also one of the key focus groups for the National Tutoring Programme and Catch Up premium, which are both key initiatives introduced by the Department for Education to support pupils who may have missed learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you believe your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium and you want to know how the school can help with the cost of visits, music lessons and other activities, please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Burgess at dburgess@sawstonvc.org.

For more information on free school meals, please see here.

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