The Pupil Premium is additional school funding that is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their more advantaged peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools were also required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
The Government also provides schools with information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.
How we use the Pupil Premium
We provide each child eligible for pupil premium with a bespoke package of support, tailored to their own needs and requirements. We look holistically at each child and work collaboratively with parents/carers to ensure the most appropriate package of support for each individual.
Research detailed by the Education Endowment Foundation and the DFE about the efficacy of interventions in the context of Pupil Premium is referred to when we make decisions about which to deliver in the context of our school.
Pupil premium funding for each individual child is put towards the costs of providing support with interventions such as:
Effective feedback on pupil performance
This means that we have trained our teaching staff to use marking and verbal feedback to children in such a way that it helps them to understand what they have learnt and what they need to do next to make good or better progress.
One to one or small group tuition
This is provided for pupils who are not making good or better progress in literacy and mathematics.
Enrichment of the curriculum
We offer a broad range of extra and super curricular opportunities; funding is used to ensure those students who are in the receipt of pupil premium funding can fully access all opportunities.
Students are offered a one to one meeting to discuss and identity their aspirations and how their school progress and future choices fits into these ambitions.
Teaching Assistant Support
We use highly skilled Teaching Assistants to support groups of children with a range of need, in order to improve their progress and their attitudes toward school and learning.
Pupil Progress review
We review progress termly and plan and evaluate interventions for children at risk, who might not make at least good or better progress at the end of each year.
Support with Trips
Support with music lessons
Please click here to vie the Pupil Premium Strategy 2018/2019