The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and those who are adopted or with a special guardian. From 2012-13, Pupil Premium has also included pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit but are accountable as to how this money is spent.
Our aim when allocating the Pupil Premium is to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils and that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to any vulnerable groups. Pupil Premium funding is therefore allocated following a careful analysis which identifies the needs of groups or individuals.
Our school received £17,466 in Pupil Premium for 2014/15, £16,520 for 2015/16 and £12,502 for 2016/17. However Pupil Premium funding follows the child should they move or arrive at a new school and so this figure is likely to change either upwards or downwards.
Our range of provision for using the Pupil Premium includes:
- Providing small group work with experienced teachers and teaching assistants to focus on overcoming gaps in learning and accelerate achievement.
- One to one tuition support, both in class and in before school sessions, aimed at ensuring children reach age related expectations in English and Maths.
- One to One sessions to accelerate progress in phonics.
- Funding our home school link worker for two hours a week to engage with particular families who may be experiencing difficulties and to oversee nurture of particular pupils who may require additional emotional support..
- Funding teaching assistants to support all classes to ensure that all vulnerable groups receive additional support, whether or not they are registered for Free School Meals.
- Funding residential visits for pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium or other one off programmes for individual pupils.