The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools and academies to:
raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6).
FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR 2016-2017
£1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil.
£1,900 for each Looked After Child.
£300 for each Service Child.
The Department for Education has clear expectations how the Pupil Premium Grant may be spent:
for the purposes of the school, ie, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school;
for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies;
on community facilities, eg, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.
The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.
The money is spent on accelerating learning and intervening rapidly following the process below:
- Firstly we identify any barriers that child may have to learning.
- Then we consider the desired outcome that we would hope for that child and the steps to achieve that.
- We then select an appropriate strategy to help us put those steps into place.
- Staff are trained in the strategy selected
- Pupils are then monitored frequently
- Finally we evaluate the strategy and reflect on how successful it has been and how much progress the child has made, as a result.
The main barriers faced by pupils at Belvidere Primary School:
- Home environment and personal family circumstances. Changes in pupils lives can influence their achievement and attainment.
- Attendance and punctuality.
- Social learning
- Emotional resilience
- Health and wellbeing
- Affordability and Accessibility
Key Principles for overcoming barriers for pupils
1. We commitment to raise achievements for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and knows these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils and is determined to achieve this.
2. We never confuses eligible pupils with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.
3. We creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focussing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
4. We uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.
5. We directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
6. We uses data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.
7. The Pupil Premium Leader and the Principal have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.
8. We ensure class teachers, phase leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the academy.
9. The Local Governing Body is ambitious for pupils and closely monitors the school's effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.
10. We offer a range of services both before school and after school.
11. We support families with educational visits and other 'extended' learning opportunities.
12. Pupils with SEN and PP needs receive additional learning, emotional and social support.
Our Pupil Premium Plan for 2016-17 states the following range of provision:
- Facilitating pupils’ access to education
- Facilitating pupils’ access to the curriculum
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities
- Additional resources to support learning
- Interventions which support social and emotional wellbeing
- The next review of our Pupil Premium Strategy is in July 2017
Action Plans for Pupil Premium