The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools from the government to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. The funding is available also for children who have had Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years (known as Ever6). The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable, in 2016/ 2017 the allocation per pupil is £1320.
The primary focus of the funding is to raise pupil attainment but school leaders have been given permission by government to use the money in ways that they believe will most benefit the individuals in their particular schools.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
It is a significant amount of money and it is very important that all families who may be eligible for Free School Meals make sure they apply. Even if the child prefers to bring their own packed lunch. Application forms for Free School Meals are available in the school office.
At Severn View, we have considered the following in planning provision for our pupils:
- The individual learning needs and strengths of the pupils eligible for this funding
- The social context of our school and the need to support social cohesion
- The value of personalised learning, coaching and feedback
- The access to experiences and the wider world as a tool for raising attainment
- The impact of regular communication with parents on attainment for all learners
- Current case studies and reports on how other schools are using the funding
- The current research evidence that places weight on teacher delivered support such as high quality feedback rather than teaching assistant support (Toolkit of strategies to improve learning, The Sutton Trust, 2011; www.suttontrust.com/research/toolkit-of-strategies-to-improve-learning/.)
The school holds termly progress meetings where teachers and school leaders discuss whole class and individual progress data. The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) meet weekly and pupil issues are always an agenda item.
The Principal and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will be responsible for tracking attainment progress and the overall well-being of pupils who are receiving support via Pupil Premium funding in order to obtain quantitative and qualitative data on impact. Governors are kept well informed of the impact of Pupil Premium funding on pupil outcomes.