Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is funding awarded to schools by the Government in order to address the underlying inequalities which exist nationally between disadvantaged children and their peers. Funding is provided to schools linked to the number of children who are currently (or have previously been) entitled to free school meals (FSM) based on income. Funding is also allocated to a school if it educates looked after children or those with parents in the Armed Forces. It is for schools to decide how the PPG is spent.
It is our vision to equip our children with attitudes and values that will lead to success in later life. All children are respected as individuals and we have high expectations of everyone. There is solid evidence that poor teaching disproportionately disadvantages deprived children. Equally, evidence tells us that excellent teaching disproportionately benefits them. So high quality teaching is at the core of all Pupil Premium work. We use our PPG to support our aim that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of ALL pupils. We closely monitor the progress made by each pupil who attracts Pupil Premium funding and compare this to progress made by other pupils. Some of the measures put in place to support pupils who attract the funding are also likely to have benefit for other pupils. Our aim is for all our pupils, including those considered disadvantaged, to achieve their full potential, regardless of ability. Our ambition is for children attracting the PPG to do better in our school than the average for all pupils nationally.
The funding is not spent on one particular item, but is used as part of our budget and used to support a number of areas within the school. We aim to use part of the funding to support pupil’s bespoke needs. Whether this is academic needs, supporting school trips or for enrichment activities, such as music lessons. Monitoring of pupil progress and the impact of expenditure takes place every term. Needs are reviewed and next steps identified in parent, teacher and support staff meetings based on children’s needs so that we can prepare our children for their exciting and happy future. The impact of expenditure is evaluated in July using end of year data. To support the school in writing this report we have used the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Pupil Premium Guide.
What is Pupil Premium? 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.
Schools will receive funding for any pupil identified in the spring term school census or the alternative provision census as having left local-authority care as a result of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local-authority care for 1 day or more
- recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)
Who can apply? Your child may be eligible for pupil premium if you receive, or have received in the last six year, any of the following benefits:
· Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
· Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· The guaranteed element of state pension credit
· Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an identified annual gross income (or less)
· Universal credit
Why should I apply? If you apply and qualify for the funding, the school can use the money to provide valuable support such as:
· Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom
· Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes
· Funding some of the educational trips and visits
· Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets
. support children with enrichment activities, such as learning to play a musical instrument or funding for school clubs