The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid to local authorities by a grant based on the January census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) in Reception to Year 11. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. For the financial year 2012/13, for each FSM pupil and looked after child, a school received £623 and this increased to £900 as from 1 April 2013.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Department for Education urges schools and local authorities to encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement.
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since it is recognised that they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. As from September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium and the impact it has had. This is to ensure that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. This information should include:
• The level of pupil premium funding received by the school in the current academic year and levels of funding received in previous academic years
• How the school has spent the pupil premium and why it has decided to spend it in the way it has
• Any differences made to the learning and progress of pupils eligible for the pupil premium as shown by performance data and evidence.
As from April 2012, the Government widened the coverage of the Premium to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
The Service Children Premium increased to £300 as from 1 April 2013. This is to support their emotional and social well-being. The Ministry of Defence has recently announced that the Service Children premium will be extended to include children whose parent has left the service up to three years ago, this is known as Ever 3. Please inform the school if one parent is in the services or has been in the last three years.
For 2015/16, our Pupil Premium allocation of resources is as follows:
||Outcomes for Children
||ELSA (Emotional Literacy) provision
||Targeted intervention work to support the behaviour and emotional welfare of individuals. 1:1 work and small group work. Nurture group work. This work impacts positively on the peer relationships, developing self- esteem and readiness to learn
||1:1/ small group support from Learning support assistants
||Specified programmes of intervention work. These support the consolidation and development of the learning and boost attainment and progress
||Specialist Teaching in Maths and English
||Increased rate of progress and attainment in core subjects
||Gifted and Talented Provision
||Specified programmes of intervention work. These support the development of the learning and boost attainment and progress and improve motivation
||Specialist services including “ADHD solutions”
||Engaging specialist services to support vulnerable individuals and their families supporting relationships and conflict resolution. Outcomes from this are recognised in improved behaviour and engagement in learning. Specialist staff work with our own staff in a coaching capacity in order to upskill our staff team.
||Support for pupils with poor attendance to get to school in the morning
||Pupil’s attendance which is a significant barrier to their progress will be improved
||Children access physical breakfast club ensuring good punctuality and a balanced breakfast to start the day
||Subscription to Target Tracker
||Enables class teachers and senior leaders to track progress of children in receipt of pupil premium alongside rest of cohorts
||Children access free school meals ensuring a balanced healthy meal each day
||Support for residential visits in Year 4, 5 and 6
||Pupils are able to join the experience of the residential supporting both the wider learning experiences, further development of social skills and facilitate for a growing independence
||Support the costs associated with off site visits where a voluntary contribution is requested
||All children are able to take part in off site visits. Children benefit from the different learning environment and the variety of learning opportunities to enhance the classroom work and attainment
||Support the costs of providing dance tuition
||Pupils are able to join the experience the wider learning experiences, with an increase in self -esteem
||Support the costs of providing guitar tuition
||Pupils are able to join the experience the wider learning experiences, with an increase in self- esteem
||Huff and Puff resources
||Lunchtime play resources to support programmes of work with individuals and small groups