What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years, are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces. In 2017/18 the funding allocated is £1320 per child and £1900 for Looked After Children.
How is it spent?
We will be talking to parents and carers of children receiving the funding, asking for their ideas on what will most help. Some children will already be doing well in English, maths and other subjects. But there may be things we can do to stretch then further, to help them aim high, or to build their confidence.
Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities. If children are below age related expectations in English, maths and other subjects, we may arrange for them to have special small group or one-to-one teaching. We call these ‘intervention programmes’. We choose the classroom approaches and intervention programmes that research shows work. (E.g. the Sutton Trust research.) We spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people.
How much parents and carers get involved with their child’s learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school. So we also spend money on activities that help keep you informed about their targets, and confident in knowing how to support their learning.
How will parents know it is working?
We track all children’s progress every half a term, so we can quickly see if plans are working well.
If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme, and the end, so we can see the difference.
I am not sure if my child could have free school meals, where can I get more information?
Please speak to June or Janice in the office, in confidence. They would be really glad to help.
Pupil Premium Documents
We were very proud to receive a letter in February 2016 informing us that we had won an award in the KS2 category of the Pupil Premium Awards. The letter explains that we have won the award because…
“…you are one of one of the high achieving schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school. I would like to congratulate your governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success, and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils.”
To read the full letter click here Pupil Premium Award
These documents outline of how we use our ‘Pupil Premium’ funding and its impact.