Pupil Premium (PP) is the additional funding provided by government to support disadvantaged pupils and enable them to achieve as well as their peers. The term ‘pupil premium’ includes Children Looked After & those eligible for a free school meal (FSM). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Within our school, we use this money in a variety of ways depending on the individual needs of each child. For example: one to one tuition after school, Better Reading Partnerships (BRP) intervention, Breakfast Club fees, after school club fees, counselling and/or play therapy sessions, new uniform/shoes/trainers etc., equipment to undertake school activities, the cost of trips and out of school activities.
In addition to this, we also have use the fund to employ additional staff to support learning in class. Another significant expenditure part funded by Pupil Premium is the Family Liaison Officer, supporting parents and families; and the Learning Mentor, who ensures children are supported to build independence and self-sufficiency in school.
In the 2016-2017 financial year, schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
• £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
• Schools also receive £300 for each pupil who is registered as a service child.
Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local authority care because of one of the following:
• A special guardianship order
• A child arrangement order
• A residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they attract the £1,900 rate.
This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Principles of Pupil Premium Funding:
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, including ensuring that the needs of pupils who receive pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed
In making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupils receive free school meals will be disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate pupil premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.
Some potential barriers to learning supported by our pupil premium funding:
• Academic resilience and aspirations
• Access to resources
• Speech and Language
• Physical restrictions – mobility – sensory – processing
• Well-being – self-esteem, social and home issues
Each intervention will be inclusive of pupils receiving the pupil premium funding:
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Not all pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding will receive interventions at the same time, due to staffing and resource limitations. However, we will endeavour that over the course of the year, intervention will take place for all of the pupils receiving pupil premium funding.