Pupil Premium

Schools are required to provide information regarding the use of pupil premium funding. Information regarding the pupil premium can be found below:

Frequently Asked Questions (from the Department for Education Schools Website)

The Pupil Premium is additional funding paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils (pupils who have been registered for free schools meals [FSM] at any point in the last six years (Ever6 FSM) or are looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months). Schools receive this funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.

It is not the funding itself that will improve attainment gaps, but how schools use it. Some children require additional support to meet their potential, and the Pupil Premium will provide schools with the resources they need to provide that support.

Head Teachers are free to decide how best to use the Premium to support their ‘Ever6 FSM’ and Looked After pupils to close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Department does not want to micro-manage schools, but it does expect them to use the Pupil Premium appropriately and to be accountable for the decisions they make.

Pupil Premium Funding and Provision (2016-2017)

Annual funding is based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) during the last six years. Additional funding is also awarded to children of parents in the armed forces or children in care or adopted. Other children identified by the school as in need of additional support who fall outside these categories also benefit from targeted support; thus we seek to ensure that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, can achieve according to their potential.

It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent as schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils and groups. Schools are however, held accountable for how this additional funding is used to support children from low-income families. The following information explains how the pupil premium has been spent and its impact upon learning:

In 2016-17 funds have been used for additional educational support to raise standards of attainment for pupil premium children. These have included:

  • Extra-curricular and school hours group learning – maths booster lessons led by  part-time specialist maths teacher
  • Extra-curricular learning – maths and literacy interventions and consolidation sessions led by teaching assistants and teachers
  • In-class targeted learning support for KS1 and KS2  pupils, provided by teaching assistants
  • Provision of a ‘learning mentor’ to support KS1 and KS2 pupils experiencing  social and emotional challenges
  • Financial support for needy pupils (school journeys, class outings and workshops)
  • Playtime ‘Change4Life’ lunchtime activities led by teaching assistant
  • Family Focus support led by SENCO and Learning Mentor
  • Phonics booster sessions led by teaching assistants
  • Pupil Progress meetings led by SLT and SMT for each key stage
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) for all staff
  • Enrichment programmes for pupils, eg. ‘Maths Jaguar Challenge’ and ‘The Yes Programme’  at KS2 (year groups 3-5)
  • Maths enrichment online programmes including ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Reading Eggs’

Click on this link to view outcomes for Pupil Premium Children (end of key stage) in 2017 (compared to national outcomes)