What is the pupil premium and who is it for?
The pupil premium is a government initiative in which additional funding is given to schools to help raise the attainment of low-income families; the intention of this being to close any gaps between them and their peers and to ensure that they have equal opportunities.
This funding is paid directly to the school and is dependent on the number of pupils who have been registered as eligible for free school meals in the last six years or have been in care for at least 6 months and a lesser amount is given for students whose parents are in the armed forces. For the financial year 2013 to 2014, schools received £900 per pupil; this amount is set to be raised in the 2014 to 2015 financial year. In 2013/2014 the school received £59,850.
How has this funding been used?
Investment for this academic year is as follows:
• Additional interventions during the school day:- 1:1 and small group work focused on the children’s needs
• Additional interventions during lunch and after school:- small group work focusing on phonic skills
• Classroom support:- support for pupils whilst remaining in the whole class teaching environment
• Lead SEN teacher:- supporting those pupils in particular who are not only from a low-income family but are also on the SEN register
• Pupil premium packs:- educational resources provided to support children’s learning at home
• Contribution given towards book purchasing at the book fair:- encouraging reading beyond the school book scheme, reading for enjoyment
• Providing school uniforms and P.E. kits for those who require:- development of a sense of belonging and to ensure pupils can access physical
• Subsidising school visits including the residential trip:- inclusion
• LSA training:- up-skilling staff who spend considerable time working closely with these pupils
• Extra 1:1 reading sessions
In addition to this, with pre-approval from the head teacher, the school funds pupils with poor attendance some breakfast club / after school sessions, free of charge.