What is Pupil Premium?
The government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. It has used pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of need. They have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period.
This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as 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. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils, within their responsibility.
How is the money allocated?
- Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals are allocated £1,320
- Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority are allocate £2,300
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order are allocated £2300
- Service children-Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence are allocated £300
Who has responsibility for how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent?
The school have overall responsibility in how the grant is spent. They must ensure that the spending is visible through the budget and accounting systems used by the school.
The Pupil Premium Co-ordinator is the appointment member of staff who becomes the custodian of The Pupil Grant to ensure that the spending impacts the children in receipt of the grant. Schools must report on how much money the school received, how it was spent and the impact the spending had. The pupil premium report is not published on our website due to the number of children in receipt of pupil premium being less than 5%. However, if you would like to see a copy of the report please speak to a member of the Pupil Premium Grant team.
Pupil Premium Coordinator - Nicky Morris, email@example.com
Accounts - Jo Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org
What will the school use the Pupil Premium Grant for?
The specifics on how we spend the money is dependent on the individual needs of the child. Our desired outcomes are:
- Improve the learning attitude of pupils in the school
- Increase the pedagogical knowledge and understanding of teachers and support staff
- Increase access to a wide range of activities, trips and extra-curricular clubs
- Diminish the difference in attainment between pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant and their peers
This year we have used the Pupil Premium Grant towards:
- The cost of school and class trips
- The cost of after school trips
- Maths intervention training for support staff
- Well being training for the SENDCo
- Specialist resources for use inside the classroom and out
- Funding external agency support
How will the school know what impact the Pupil Premium Grant has?
Use of the Pupil Premium Grant can be requested by any member of the school staff and the child's parents. The request is submitted to the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and must include one of the desired outcome and the proposed benefit for the child in receipt of pupil premium. The Pupil Premium will consider and approve the request if it is felt to be in the best interests of the child. An agreed review date will be set when the following success criteria will be used to measure the impact of the spending:
- Pupils make progress in the targeted subject area
- Pupils are attending school, settle well and participate in all lessons
- Pupils are working at a good level of development/national expectation
- Pupils have enhanced self-esteem throughout their day
- Pupils attend all school trips and enrichment activities
- Pupils attend at least one block of a chosen after school club over a half term period
I'm not sure if my child is eligible for pupil premium
You query about whether or not your child will be treated in the strictest confidence and without judgement. Make an appointment to meet with Nicky Morris who will be happy to go through the application process with you.
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