The Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to schools for children; who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), service families and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress and well-being.
At Worth Primary School our Pupil Premium grant for April 2016 – March 2017 is £18,480. Spending and impact will be evaluated in April and September 2017.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable within the budget. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, but schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support eligible pupils and families. The school monitors the achievement of pupils covered by Pupil Premium and measures are included in the school performance tables that capture the achievement of the pupils and compares it with the performance of other pupils.
Principles of Pupil Premium
• We ensure that the needs of all pupils, irrespective of circumstances and background, are met through high quality teaching and learning.
• Pupil Premium funding is allocated following a needs analysis which identifies priorities in classes, groups or individuals. The funding is subsidised from the school budget so that we can ensure that these priorities are met.
• We work hard to ensure intervention/provision will take place for all children in receipt of Pupil Premium during the school year.
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact
Achievement: The additional educational and emotional support provided during this year will ensure that children entitled to Pupil Premium make equivalent or better progress than their peers. This in turn will help to close the achievement gap between groups of children. Enrichment activities will be provided to enable pupils to further develop confidence and self-esteem.
• Our Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium are monitored as a separate group in terms of progress to ensure that, as potentially vulnerable children, they make at least expected progress. This is reported to governors as part of monitoring.
When planning for the use of the pupil premium this year we have planned according to the following needs identified. These needs present barriers to learning for these pupils that have to be addressed in order for the disadvantaged to make accelerated progress.
Essential need - food, uniform, settled home life
Study need – learning behaviours, homework, and special equipment
Academic need – progress in key subjects, support to learn key skills
Aspirational need – knowledge about learning for life and the future, inspiration
Pupil Premium Policies