What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools so that they can support and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, the school will receive £1320 per primary pupil who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years (FSM ‘Ever 6’). This year our pupil premium grant will be £33,580.
A higher rate of £1900 for looked-after children is being introduced and the eligibility criteria is being extended to include those pupils who have been in care for one day or more, as compared with the six months in care currently required.
Schools also receive £1900 for eligible pupils who have been registered on the school census as having been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.
The PPG is not ‘ring-fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they wish but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing to closing performance gaps between children who experience social disadvantage and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.
How is it spent?
Expenditure for these pupils has included amounts allocated towards:
- Early intervention for targeted pupils to improve outcomes in phonics decoding and speech and language at EYFS
- Increasing teaching assistant support aimed at targeted pupil premium classroom groups
- Subsidies for Educational visits for pupil premium pupils
- Assisted places at after school clubs for pupil premium pupils
- Lunchtime sports coaching
What is its impact on learning and social development?
The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is measured at the end of the academic year in relation to:
- Engagements in clubs and enrichment activities
- Core subject progress
- Enjoyment of school
As a result of strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of vulnerable pupils:
- The majority of vulnerable pupils have made at least good progress
- Most vulnerable pupils are motivated to complete their work and welcome the help of pupil mentors on a regular basis to assist them with their work.
- All vulnerable pupils attend a school club and experience success, engage positively with peers and behave well.
- Behaviour for learning of vulnerable pupils is good