Pupil Premium Funding
Sometimes children may need extra help or support in order to achieve this and the Pupil Premium is one of a number of ways in which pupils may be supported.
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. The grant is paid directly to schools in addition to standard funding. The amount received by a school is calculated from the number of pupils who are eligible in the following categories:
- Entitlement to Free School Meals (at any time in the last 6 years)
- Children who have ever been in the care of the Local Authority
- Children of active Service personnel.
Schools decide how to spend the money, as they are best placed to identify those at risk of underachievement and assess what additional provision should be made for all pupils. It is recognised that not all disadvantaged pupils will necessarily qualify for the premium and that not all those who qualify are necessarily in need of additional provision. The governing body monitors the use and impact of its Pupil Premium Funding. Schools are also required to report online how the funding has been used and the impact of the additional provision on the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
The amount a school receives is calculated from census data in January of each year and included in the next financial year's school budget. It is used by the school for the following academic year and the use and impact is reported at the end of the academic year once all school data is finalised. This means that there may be movement of pupils in and out of the school during the time between the original allocation and its use, so the use may be adapted to reflect the changing needs of pupils.
Pupil Premium Allocation 2017/18
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools received the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
- £1, 900 for any pupils who have ever been in the care of the local authority
- £300 for any pupil recorded as a service child on January 2017 census
The Pupil Allocation for 2016/17 is £5 640 (Free School Meals & Service Premium)
A need for extra intervention in upper key stage 2 has been identified and the funding will be used to provide additional staffing in targetted year groups. From September 2016, the appointment of an additional teacher will mean that Year 5/6 will be taught in separate year groups for three mornings a week. The funding will also be used to provide 4 hours additional Teaching Assistant hours per week to deliver Active Literacy and Lifeboat.
Funding will be used to cover the course costs of Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Training (£450) and the associated supply costs for six-half days. It will also the be used to pay for the supply costs for an Early Years Teaching Assistant to attend an Emotional First Aid Course (4 days supply cover.) This will mean that there will two named adults available in school to provide additional mentor support to vulnerable learners.
The progress of Pupil Premium children will be tracked through assessment and tracking data half-termly and will be reviewed each half-term and reported to governors each half-termly meeting.
In 2015/16, the pupil premium allocation was £8560 made up of:
- 3 children eligible for free school meals
- 9 service children
- 1 looked after pupil for 1 term
This funding was used to buy additional furniture to create a quieter working area which supports individual and small group teaching. It was also used to provide additional teaching assistant hours to provide interventions in literacy and maths. The quiet space is used by small groups on a daily basis and for intervention groups, supporting all learners in school. In school tracking of pupil progress shows evidence of narrowing of the gap for pupil premium children.
In 2014/15, the Pupil Premium allocation was £5 100. This funding was used to provide extra teacher and teaching assistant support for children identified as needing additional interventions as well as buying resources to be used with individuals or small groups. In 2013/14, school identified a need for extra intervention in maths and the income enabled a maths specialist to be appointed to work three times a week in Class 3. The impact of this was significant as it allowed specialist teaching in Year 6 (67%) of children made better than expected progress whilst allowing for excellent teacher: pupil ratios in Year 5 where the proportion of children working at or above age-related expectations increased from 54% to 77%.
The school recognises that not all children will need support at all times and a key strength of the school is the way that individual needs are identified early and appropriate support put into place.