Information about Pupil Premium
What is Pupil premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low-income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?
Primary schools are given a pupil premium for:
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who are, or have ever been, entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1320 per pupil, per school year
- Children in care: £2300 per pupil, per school year
- Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2300 per pupil, per school year
- Children recorded as being from service families: £300 per pupil, per school year
How can this be spent?
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium fund include:
- Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
- Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
- Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
- Providing extra tuition for able children.
- Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
- Funding English classes for children who speak another language at home.
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
However, some schools use their pupil premium in more creative ways.
In the annual Pupil Premium Awards, recent winners spent their money on a bike for a child who was repeatedly late for school due to missing the bus, a nutritionist for a Year 5 child whose poor diet was causing behavioural and learning difficulties, and shoes and school uniform – including a PE kit – for a disadvantaged child in Year 3.
Budget £98,660, 2019/2020
Pupil Premium 2018-2019
The Pupil Premium funding is additional funding given to schools so that we can support pupils who might be at risk of under achieving. The funding is allocated to schools based on those pupils who are eligible for free school meals.
The funding for 2018-2019 is £62520
This allocation will be spent on:
- This year we are employing a Speech and Language therapist to work (part-time) across the 2 sites to develop intervention groups and to train teachers and support staff to support and maintain these groups.
- A percentage towards the salary of the two Family Workers in continuing to provide a range of parental involvement events examples include, coffee morning, specialised training sessions; Makaton signing, Supporting Literacy & Maths at home, Attention skills, Behaviour management, Massage, Pecs, general Autism awareness and "Meet the Teacher "
- The family workers also support Families on appointments if requested.
- The funding supports training given by our ICT team on the Use of ICT, Ipads & Internet safety.
- Each class has a high adult:pupil ratio which enables specific children to access specific activities to support their progress in areas where they might be under achieving.
- We subsidize all our trips and only charge a very nominal amount.
- We subsidize the purchase of outdoor play wear so that pupils can enjoy our outdoor curriculum & environment
- We subsidize an annual Year 6 Residential trip.
- Where parents are not able to make voluntary contributions for cookery, swimming or trips, this will be met from the pupil premium.
Increased support in the area of communication will support their ability to communicate and thereby should reduce frustrations and anxiety
Pupils make excellent progress when their learning is supported at home. The parental training events give parents confidence in supporting their child and a good understanding of the strategies that are used in school .
The ethos of the school in making learning fun and using the environment for learning is enabled and enhanced by the use of the additional funding and therefore a wide variety of trips & visits can be offered.
Evidence shows that our FSM make progress in line with other pupils in the school.