What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
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 disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish this online.
For the academic year September 2017 to July 2018 our school received £155,040 of Pupil Premium funding.
For the current academic year September 2018 to July 2019 our school will receive £108,354 of Pupil Premium funding. The percentage of pupils eligible for pupil premium is 32% the national percentage is 24%.
What are our main barriers to disadvantaged children's progress?
- Many children have gaps in their learning and are generally well below age related expectations when they start school. So our strategies will focus on ensuring all disadvantaged children receive consistently high quality personalised teaching and learning that ensures they make accelerated progress.
- Many children have gaps in their vocabulary and are not as confident to take on new challenges or overcome barriers to learning difficulties. So our strategies will focus on improving disadvantaged children's independence, resilience, confidence and vocabulary.
- Our other strategies will focus on working with parents, improving parental knowledge and strategies to support disadvantaged children as well as improving the parents' and pupils' attendance and engagement.
- Many children have limited access to wider life and extra-curricular activities further limiting their vocabulary and confidence to take part in new activities and take on board new ideas. So our strategies will focus on improving disadvantaged children's access to a wide variety of life experiences and extra-curricular activities.
What are we spending our Pupil Premium on this year?
- The majority of our spending is on additional teaching assistants to support in classes; with personalised intervention programmes and nurture groups (working to improve the children’s social, emotional and mental well-being).
- Professional development for the staff to establish high quality teaching; raise awareness; develop and present personalise pupil support programmes and to focus progress tracking.
- Improved provision and inclusion for vulnerable children and families.
- Strategies to improve parental knowledge and support for home learning.
- Strategies to improve parental engagement and pupil attendance.
- To increase the access to all our school has provides, we offer a free item of uniform, free breakfast club, a free book each year from our book fair, subsidised (often free) trips and extra-curricular activities.
See Action Plan below for more details.