The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The main aims of pupil premium are to:
- Increase social mobility
- Enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best education
- Raise the level of attainment for pupil-premium eligible pupils
- Reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils.
The figure school received for 2015-2016 was £1320 per eligible pupil. This year, 2016-2017, this figure has remained the same £1,320 per Ever 6 FSM pupil; £1,900 per CLA, £1,900 for Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; and £300 for Ever 6 Service Children.
Pupil Premium is in addition to the school’s budget and is located alongside our main school budget. Last year’s Pupil Premium allocation was £77,400. It provided us with the resources we needed to provide support for all disadvantaged children to meet their potential.
Each child eligible for FSM is provided with a fixed equal amount of funding. Evidence shows that most effective schools achieve this ‘narrowing of the gap‘ through a combination of high quality teaching, strong leadership, a relevant and coherent curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted catch-up and enrichment activities.
The Sutton Trust recommends The Education Endowment Toolkit and this shows, after much research, the most effective interventions in terms of learning gains and cost. A central aim of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is to improve knowledge and extend the evidence-base on what works to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Below can be seen the most effective interventions:
The school has looked at data within the school to identify priorities in relation to raising achievement. It is evident from our analysis of the data that in relation to FSM, priority needs to be given to:
- Attainment in reading comprehension strategies
- Attainment in writing
- Attainment in maths
- Fine motor skills such as handwriting
- ICT equipment to support learning
- Pastoral Care/Emotional Literacy/Self-Esteem
- Oral language
Pupil Premium Allocation 2016/17: £72,880
- Teaching staff – highly effective teachers to teach Maths and English intervention groups in KS2
- Teaching practitioners teaching intervention programmes: IDL, Better Readers, Toe by Toe, RWInc, Fresh Start, Pastoral Care, Emotional Literacy, Self-Esteem, Oral language
- Staff CPD
- Assessment / Interventions: Monitoring and analysis
- PPG Plus
- Subsidising extra-curricular activities; trips, residentials, music lessons, sporting lessons, etc.
- Sundry items, such as uniforms, etc.
- Resources and equipment
Impact: We track the outcomes of this expenditure to ensure we obtain value for money. Please see the links below for further information.
We endeavour to support our parents so they can understand the breadth of possibilities open to their child(ren) and how their child(ren) can achieve their aspirations.
The school continually tracks all pupils’ progress and looks to see if there are differences in progress and attainment between FSM and non-FSM pupils.
Information regarding the progress of pupils is shared with parents/carers at parents’ evenings, termly/annual reports, review meetings and through our ‘open door’ policy whereby parents with concerns can speak to their child’s class teacher.
For pupils and their families with wider issues, school help by linking with other agencies. This involves holding CORE meetings, TAF meetings, meeting with the Social Services, Medical professions and the Children’s Trust, etc.
If you think your child is eligible for FSM, please speak to our Office staff who would be more than happy to help you claim.