Pupil Premium funding was first introduced in April 2011, and is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in Reception class to Year 11. There is also funding allocated for looked-after children.
Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is used to fund initiatives which aim to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Although all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are currently entitled to receive free school meals as part of the government's universal free school meal offer, school will only receive pupil premium funding if parents register their children as being eligible. This is also important for those families who are eligible and want their children to have a free school meal in KS2.
Objectives for Pupil Premium in this school
- Pupil Premium funding will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for eligible pupils.
- The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
- As far as its powers allow, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
- We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives, and review and report the impact of this funding to Governors and parents
The Headteacher and Governing Body have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that it represents value for money.
The Headteacher and Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Board on its progress and impact. The Governing Board's lead governor for Pupil Premium is Mr B. Hadgraft and the link teaacher in school is Mrs J. Jones.
- In school we have 69 pupils who are registered as being entitled to benefit from the additional funding.
- In the current year school will receive £1320 for each child eligible for free school meals and £1900 for each looked-after child.
Strategy for using the funding
The school has looked carefully at the needs of each pupil and identified aims relating to these needs and intervention strategies designed to address them.
- To ensure that all children achieve in line with their peers and national age-related expectations through the implementation of a range of strategies to accelerate progress and raise attainment, particularly in English and mathematics.
- To enable all children to fully access all areas of the curriculum.
- To ensure that a greater proportion of children are working at greater depth in all areas of the curriculum.
- To develop personalised, specific interventions to address the emotional, social and learning needs of individual children.
- Provide whole school development strategies to further improve quality first teaching.
Strategies for using the funding:
The school has looked carefully at the needs of each pupil and identified aims relating to these needs and strategies designed to address them.
- 1:1 support for pupils who require specific interventions and are entitled to PP funding to help them achieve in line with their peers and national expectations.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities for pupils entitled to PP funding provided through mathematics, English, SEAL1:1 mentoring, speech and language, and multi-sensory phonics interventions.
- Use of effective materials and resources, including IT such as Clicker, THRASS, SEN Portal North West, Cuisenaire maths catch up, multi sensory reading and spelling for pupils entitled to PP funding aimed at raising standards, particularly in basic skills, reading, writing and mathematics.
- Additional support from the LA Behaviour and Attendance team in order to improve pupil attendance and punctuality for those children who are persistently absent or have a decrease in their attendance and are entitled to PP funding.
- Ensure that all children are able to access all aspects of the curriculum, including visits and workshops designed to promote and enhance learning experiences across the curriculum, supporting the application of basic skills in all subjects.
- Nurture provision will provide an additional source of support for those children who require this.
- Mentoring support for children with SEMH difficulties through 'One Goal' mentoring
Impact of funding