What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The allocation is based on the number of pupils who receive – or have received – free school meals, or have been in public care.
How much Pupil Premium funding does the school receive?
We have relatively low numbers of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium.
- Our allocation for the financial year 2012/13 was £7200
- Our allocation in the financial year 2013/14 was £9600
- Our allocation for the financial year 2014/15 is £15 500
- Our allocation for the financial year 2015/16 was £18 900 (this was £2640 more than the initial allocation)
- Our allocation for 2016/17 was £20 220
- Our allocation for 2017/18 is £17000
How is the school using the Pupil Premium Funding?
- Some of the money has been used to release the headteacher from the afternoon of PPA cover she historically provided so that she can use the equivalent time to teach intervention groups (£3 200 per annum);
- The remaining funding is used to:
- support good teaching assistant staffing levels so that
- Read Write Inc – the phonics, reading and writing programme we use – can operate effectively;
- quality first teaching in class is enhanced;
- additional support and interventions can be carried out;
- provide some emotional, social and mental health support;
- to fund extra-curricular activities to boost confidence and emotional wellbeing.
Because we may only have, approximately, a couple of eligible pupils per year group, other pupils who need extra support in order to make good progress, are often included in intervention groups. Sometimes pupils receive one-to-one support.
Pupil Premium Strategy
Currently there are 11 pupils on roll who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding.
In the 2017/18 Academic year, we have considered how we can refine our strategy for supporting and enhancing the progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. As the number of Pupil Premium Children is so low and they are spread widely through the classes, subject specific interventions would not cater for the wide range of needs. As such we have considered what might be the common barriers to progress that these children face.
Strategies for overcoming these barriers:
- Providing time for class teachers to spend one-to-one time with pupils discussing progress and setting short term targets to accelerate learning.
- Engaging parents with more precise details about particular barriers to their child’s progress when progress is slower than expected.