What is Pupil Premium Grant?
Pupil Premium is additional money allocated to schools by the government to support pupils from low-income families. The aim is to narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the academic achievement of this particular cohort of pupils.
The pupils who attract this funding are those children who have free school meals or have done so in the last six years, children of service families or ‘looked after children’.
We also receive Pupil Premium block funding for our early years children. Schools have autonomy to determine how best to use this funding. There is however, an obligation for all schools to publish annually a report on how the pupil premium funding has been spent or is planned to be spent and what has been the impact on pupil premium pupil’s academic performance.
At St Helen’s Primary Academy our priority is to ensure that all pupils from all backgrounds have an equal chance of success.
Our aim is to:
- Improve pupil premium children’s levels of attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
- Close achievement and attainment gaps in relation to their peers (non pupil premium).
- Have full access to the curriculum.
- Access to extra-curricular provision.
For 2016/17 we received £142,779 and have planned to spend the funding in the following way:
- Dedicated member of SLT to oversee PP.
- Governor to act as a link Pupil Premium Governor.
- Early intervention member of staff to focus on early reading, writing and maths skills.
- Aspirational targets set for pupil premium children.
- New curriculum staff training.
- Training in behaviour for learning.
- Phonics resources.
- Subsidised trips and visits.
- Booster classes.
- Breakfast and afterschool club.
- Teaching Assistants.
Funding Each Year
2014/15 - £123,536
2015/16 - £134,200
2016/17 - £147,779
Children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding in 2016/17 are tracked for both progress and attainment.