Pupil Premium Grant is funding allocated to schools for the purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families. It is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support to help children reach their full potential.
Funding is allocated for children who are Looked after by the Local Authority (LAC) and for every child who is registered for Free School Meals or has been in the previous six years. More recently, pupils who were adopted from care were also added to the list of children who benefit from this funding.
Mrs Burt is the designated teacher for disadvantaged pupils.
Purpose of Pupil Premium (from the DfE Website)
• 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 children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
• In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
• Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by Pupil Premium.
The allocation of Pupil Premium Grant is shown below:
In the financial year 2014/15, our school received £35,129 in pupil premium grant
How is the money spent?
The policy below explains our ethos in terms of deploying Pupil Premium Grant to narrow the attainment gap between those pupils in our lowest income families and the rest of the school population.
Whereas we do implement some direct strategies, such as drum therapy workshops or ensuring that pupils can take part in music tuition or trips , we are increasingly taking the approach that the best way to raise the attainment of PPG pupils is to raise the standard of teaching across the school. With this in mind, we are allocating much of the funding towards extra staffing in order to provide more focused support in classrooms. These and other specific strategies deployed are explained in our Annual Statement to Parents on the use of Pupil Premium Grant (see below).
Overall , the progress of pupils entitled to Free School Meals is good.
RAISEonline (a data analysis pack produced by the DFE each year) offers a very detailed analysis of how well our Pupil Premium pupils compare to those on a national basis.
In terms of expected progress, our Pupil Premium pupils outperformed our non-Pupil Premium pupils in the last academic year. They also performed above the national average for this particular group in all subjects.
Recent developments in maths have had a big impact on our disadvantaged pupils and their progress is now better than those that are not classed as disadvantaged in school.