What is Pupil Premium?
In April 2011 the government introduced Pupil Premium. This is funding allocated to schools which is additional to main school funding. Fundamentally, this additional funding was designed to narrow the attainment gap between students from disadvantaged families and their peers, where this exists. If your child is eligible for free school meals (or has been in the last six years) then they are eligible for pupil premium funding (which is why we ask that you register for free school meals even if you do not want to take them). This year the funding amounts to £1300 per primary school child (or £1900 per child for those who are 'looked after').
Schools can choose how to target these additional funds in order to meet the needs of students at risk of under-achieving based on their circumstances.
"It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility" DFE website
All schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium and its impact on the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
The range of provision the Governors may consider include:
- Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning (AFL) and accelerating progress
- Providing small group work with an experienced member of staff focused on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1 to 1 support
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through extra curricular activities (including residential visits)
- All our work through Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations - and beyond. Initially this will be in Literacy and Numeracy but will increasingly include other areas of the curriculum
- Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve L3 at the end of KS1 or L5/6 at the end of KS2
- Impact of provision will be evaluated at least termly and amended, where appropriate, if strategies are not effective enough in raising standards.
- The Governors will publish information on how they have used their PPG to address the issue of narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils.
Our School’s Aims
- We will ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils
- We will ensure that the needs of our pupils are adequately assessed and that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups
- We recognise that not all pupils who qualify for FSM will be registered. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to any pupil or groups of pupils that we can legitimately identify as requiring additional support
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving FSM will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.
- The strategy for deployment of pupil premium funds will be reviewed annually in line with the academic calendar. The next review is due in August 2018.