Q: What is Pupil Premium and how should it be used?
The Pupil Premium as funding in addition to the school’s budget and is based on the number of children eligible for free school meals (FSM), Children Looked After (CLA) and for those children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces.
‘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.’
Source: DfE website
The school will use this money to support systems and processes which ensure continued progress and academic achievement for those in vulnerable groups – FSM, CLA, children working below age related expectations and children with prior attainment from KS1 at a Level 2c or below.
Q: What is the schools allocation of Pupil Premium?
Q: What percentage of Pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium?
The figures for Pupil Premium Eligibility are taken from the January census. At this time, we had 59% of pupils on roll who were eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. All of these were identified under the Ever6 category, (i.e. in receipt of Free School Meals at any point in the past six years).
Q: In the Academic Year 2015/16, what WAS the Pupil Premium Funding spent on?
Given the success of the strategies employed in previous years, these continued. Therefore the funding will be spent on the following:
- The employment of three part-time teachers to provide focused teaching for children who need to make better than expected progress in order to reach age-related expectations;
- These teachers also provide PPA and Leadership cover across the school, providing specialist subject teaching
- They also provide cover for absent staff, minimising the impact of supply teaching
- The employment of a Family Liaison Officer to work with our vulnerable families in order to increase parental engagement in their children’s learning
- The employment of a music teacher to provide specialist music teaching across the school in order to improve engagement in the Arts
- Subsidising instrumental lessons in order to ensure that learning an instrument is affordable
- The employment of a sports coach to provide specialist PE teaching across the school in order to improve engagement in physical activity
- The leasing of two minibuses so that we can take children on trips and experiences in the locality with minimal cost to parents
- Commissioning of Beanstalk Readers who come in on a 1:1 basis to read with our reluctant readers in Year 2 and Year 5
- Development of a nurture provision within the school to work with pupils with low wellbeing and therefore involvement.
- The licence for the Accelerated Reader programme which promotes enjoyment and engagement within reading
- Subsidising breakfast club and after-school provision for pupils.
For a more detailed breakdown and monitoring of this spending, please refer to our Pupil Premium Strategy.