What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long term economic wellbeing between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven. However, the Government has a stated aim to narrow this gap in attainment and since 2011 has provided additional funding to schools to support them in so doing.
Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as:
- Pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM).
- Children who were eligible for FSM at some point in the last 6 years but are no longer.
- Children who have been in care for more than six months.
Currently schools receive an additional £1320 for each child eligible for FSM/Ever 6 or those who are considered looked after (Child Looked After - CLA).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we are accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
Information to be Published to Parents
We are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. This is in the form of our Pupil Premium Strategy. It includes:
In the previous academic year: (2019-2020)
- How the pupil premium allocation was spent.
- The impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils.
The current academic year: (2020-2021)
- The amount of the school's allocation of pupil premium grant.
- Details of the main barriers to educational achievement.
- How the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken.
- How the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium.
- The date of the next pupil premium strategy review.
Pupil Premium Spending
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching, have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief. Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
How will the school measure the impact of the pupil premium?
The school has a cycle of data collection which is used to monitor the progress of pupils. Teachers collect data for all pupils at 6 points during the year, and within this analyse the performance of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, in readiness for Pupil Progress meetings. These are currently held with the Head Teacher. Pupil Progress meetings enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention and actions are then planned which are focused on improving the performance of our PP pupils and on overturning their identified barriers for learning. PP review meetings take place at 3 key points during the year and actions are adapted to ensure we achieve maximum impact for our pupils.
Some strategies are put into place for the year (additional high quality teaching), but we are able to have flexibility within the strategy (the focus of the high quality teaching can change dependent on pupil need). Other strategies are put into place for a shorter period of time (6 to 12 weeks), with focused, high impact intervention aimed at narrowing specific achievement gaps.
Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item at meetings of the governor Education and Standards Committee, the Finance and HR Committee and the Full Governing Body.
Nominated governor: Rod Dubrow-Marshall
Please click on the link below to download our Pupil Premium Strategy 2021/22.
Please click on the link below to download our Pupil Premium Policy.