What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. In 2011/12 schools were allocated Pupil Premium funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals or had been looked after continuously for more than six months. From April 2013 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.
From September 2012 schools were required to publish information about how they use Pupil Premium money online.
Our Pupil Premium allocation 2017-2018
The school received £120,960 Pupil Premium funding for the financial year 2017 – 2018 for 90 children. This represented 27% of the school population who were receiving FSM, have received FSM in one or more of the previous 6 years or are from a family serving in the Armed Forces.
How do we use our Pupil Premium funding?
Pupil Premium is used to make a contribution to the cost of interventions which support those particular pupils to help diminish the differences in their learning compared to that of their peers, or support their social and emotional needs and generally help them achieve their potential and be successful learners. This may involve support from a teacher or teaching assistant on an individual or small group basis, coaching/mentoring, SENCo intervention and/or help with the payment of school trips to ensure equal access.
How do we measure the impact of the money spent?
Frequent use of assessment data checks the effectiveness of interventions, providing us with evidence of impact. Interventions are adapted on a regular basis in accordance with the impact they are having on individual pupils. All teachers take responsibility for the progress of the Pupil Premium children within their classes. Performance management of staff and pupil progress meetings include discussion about these children.