What is the Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011 as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals (FSM) and who are Looked After Children (LAC). This is because the DfE recognise that good education is key to improving young people's life chances. Research has shown that this can be the case for children from low-income families, or who are Looked After Children, these children are far less likely to leave school with good GCSE results than their peers.
The Pupil Premium is a designated pot of money within the school budget which is used to provide extra resources or support to ensure that these children attain in line with their peers.
The Pupil Premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This money is designed to support the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
More information can be found here
How much is it?
There is a variance in funding for the different 'vulnerable groups'. £1345 is allocated for each child who receives Free School Meals, £2345 is allocated to looked after or previously looked after children and there is a £310 Service premium for a child whose parents are serving in HM forces or has retired on a pension from the MoD.
It is up to the school to decide how best to spend the money allocated. During an inspection OFSTED will explore the impact of how the money has been spent.
How is the money being spent?
The staff continually track the progress of all children to ensure that we meet their differing needs. Any pupils who are risk of not making sufficient progress are identified and intervention strategies are put in place to 'close the gap'.
Children’s learning may dip for a number of reasons; social and emotional well-being has a significant impact on a child’s willingness and ability to learn. Therefore, a range of intervention strategies some of which focus on academic achievement and others designed to improve social/emotional well-being are used.
Below is a summary of the range of activities and interventions that Pupil Premium is used to fund. These include training, activities, intervention programmes and resources bought for a specific purpose:
- Additional LSA support, either 1-1 or in smaller groups
- Intervention training
- Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA) We have an LSA trained in providing emotional support and raising self esteem
- Support from an Educational Psychologist or Play Therapist
- Books to engage reluctant readers
- Induction and transition programmes
- Afterschool club, school trip, holiday club financial support
A copy of our Pupil Premium Strategy which outlines how much money we were allocated and how we intend to use it can be found at the top of this section.
If you are a parent or carer and think your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium, please click on the link below and complete the form
What is the Sports Premium Funding?
In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. The purpose of this funding is to be used to further improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
How is the money being spent?
A copy of our Sports Premium Plan which outlines how much money we were allocated and how we intend to use it can be found at the top of this section.