Purpose of funding
The pupil premium grant (PPG) was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to support vulnerable pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC), and children of service personnel.
In 2017/18, each school will attract £1320 pupil premium grant funding per disadvantaged child.
Schools are held accountable for how they use pupil premium funding through:
- Performance tables showing the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
- The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium.
- The reports for parents that schools have to publish online.
- All children who are eligible for PPG funding will be identified on assessment trackers.
- Teachers must ensure they are fully aware of the vulnerable children in their class/group.
- Teachers should be prepared to discuss individual progress of PPG pupils in PPMs.
- Strategies/additional support will be put in place for any vulnerable pupils who fall behind.
PPG funding Received
- 2015/2016 = £6,400
- 2016/2017 = £5,120
Focus of spending 2016/17
- Additional intervention by the class teacher e.g. 1:1/small group work outside core lessons.
- Extra Teaching Assistant support during Spelling sessions meaning that the ratio of pupils to adults in a group is lower (allowing each child more individual time).
- The purchase of literacy and numeracy software to aid those pupils with specific learning problems.
- The purchase of resources to support and enhance specific pupil needs.
- Nurture group activities and resourcing to support personal, social and emotional development.
- Free sessions to enable access and participation in exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours through After School Club.
- Subsidised costs to ensure pupils have access to school visits to enrich the curriculum and learning.
The impact of Pupil Premium has been withheld as the underlying numbers are too small and to ensure individual children cannot be identified, more detauiled information is held within the school. Children are doing well under the provision given. Attainment gaps are monitored and interventions modified as necessary to ensure gaps are closing.
Academic Year 2017 /18
For the academic Year 2018 / 2018 the school received £1622 in pupil premium and Early Years Pupil Premium.
The main barriers to these pupils achieving age-related expectations relate to building confidence and language skills, both written and spoken. These barriers will be overcome through the purchase of some equipment to support language, and in providing support from other adults both inside and outside school. In order to maintain conidentiality for the small numbers of children involved, further information will be available to the parents of children allocated funding.
The next Pupil Premuim Strategy review will be undertaken in June 2018.