The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) within the past 6 years, a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care).
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. The analysis will based on assessment tracking data, with a particular focus on those pupils unlikely to meet age related expectations. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time
- All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in reading /writing and maths.
- Pupil premium resources may also be used to target more able children on FSM .
- Provision will not be aimed at stalemated children or those at SA+
The range of provision the Governors may consider making for this group could include:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
- 1-1 support
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through TAs or external agencies.
- Access to extended School Activities and Cultural Events.
- Quality First Teaching CPD for both teachers and teaching assistants.
Quality First Teaching has the greatest impact on Pupil Premium children by this we mean:-
- That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for all pupils in their class.
- That all teaching is based on building on what the child already knows, can do and can understand.
- Different ways of teaching are in place so that the child is fully involved in learning in class. This may involve things like using more practical learning.
The whole school approach is shown here