The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
For financial year 2014 -15 the Government, via the Department for Education allocated £1,300 per qualifying pupil to Pupil Premium Funding in primary schools. (In 2015 – 16 this figure will rise to £1,320). The fund is designed specifically to ‘raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.’
To qualify for Pupil Premium Fund children must have been eligible for Free School Meals and have been in receipt of these at some point in the past six years.
In addition to this schools receive £1,900 for each pupil who:
· Has been looked after for 1 day or more
· Has been adopted from care
· Has left care under:
o A special guardianship order
o A residence order
o A child arrangement order
The Pupil Premium is designed to have a direct impact upon the standards and the opportunities children have to develop as high achieving and rounded individuals. The Headteacher, Staff and Governors are passionate about an inclusive approach to schooling and as such agree to use the funds to benefit qualifying pupils directly, and as such the funds will be ring-fenced and protected within the budget.
The school publicises the fact that Pupil Premium Funding is available twice in the school year in September and February. We also highlight the availability of the funds during Foundation Stage induction evenings
The school will use the funds in the following ways:
· To provide two hours per week 1:1 or very small group support in core curriculum areas (or identified other key areas specific to the child)
· To allocate a small portion of the fund to a Pupil Access Fund (£250 per pupil). This is to be used for:
o Subsidising all school trips so that the cost of transport is removed
o Subsidising the cost of residential trips so the cost of transport and food is covered (to a maximum of 50%)
o Subsidising the cost of all in school visitors (e.g. theatre visitors) where a cost is incurred (to a maximum of 50%)
o Providing free extra curricular clubs (e.g. Hotshots Basketball, Tag rugby etc)
o Providing free breakfast clubs in school
o Providing free music tuition for qualifying children
The school will not use the Pupil Premium Fund to:
- Pay for external clubs not associated with or recommended by the school
- Pay for uniform or resources that parents would reasonably be expected to provide
- Benefit groups of children for whom the funding does not apply (e.g. by subsidising general TA hours)
In exceptional circumstances funding may be allocated to cover the complete costs of trips and other provisions not outlined above. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and by majority decisions of the Senior Leadership Team.
Recent and ongoing monitoring by the Senior Leadership Team, shows that the children who qualify for Pupil Premium are benefiting greatly from the additional support and making rapid progress from their starting points.
To read our full Pupil Premium Policy, click here.