Additional Government funding, called the Pupil Premium funding grant, is allocated to schools according to the number of pupils on roll who are:
- On Free School Meals (FSM)
- Looked After Children (LAC), including adopted children and those on Residence or Special Guardianship Orders
- Pupils from Armed Service families
From 2012 – 13, the Pupil Premium funding grant was extended to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
Nationally, the statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of FSM do less well than their peers. The aim of this money is to try and close that attainment gap.
Copley Junior School Policy for Pupil Premium
The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision for every child to “believe, achieve and succeed’.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We constantly track, target and monitor the needs, well-being and academic progress of all children and priority for intervention will be given to individual or wider groups of children deemed to be at risk of falling behind their peers or where learning progress is below age related expectation. From time to time, some children may be deemed vulnerable or in challenging circumstances and pupil premium resources may be utilised to support those children and their families in order to bring about raised self esteem and confidence in learning.
- Pupil premium funding will therefore be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
The range of provision the Governors may consider making for this group could include:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher, higher level teaching assistant or learning support assistant focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
- 1-1 support.
- additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained learning support assistants or external agencies.
- additional resources, visits, visitors and access to extra curricular and educational visit opportunities.
- All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in reading, writing and mathematics.
It will be the responsibility of the Head teacher, or a delegated member of staff, to produce regular reports for the Governors on:
- the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
- an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting.
- an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.
- The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of 'narrowing the gap', for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.
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Pupil Premium - what you need to know
- The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their more affluent peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
- In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
- For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
- Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the additional funding.
- The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
- The level of the premium in 2017-18 is £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM), for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months and pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. For children in care or adopted the level of the premium for 2017-2018 is £1900.
- The Pupil Premium is paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on January school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium is calculated using the Children looked after data returns.
- Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
- A premium is also funded for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces; this is currently £300. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
Pupil Premium Funding 2017-2018
In the document below, we detail how we propose to spend our allocated funding in 2017-2018 to support children to accelerate progress and narrow gaps in achievement.
Pupil Premium Funding Impact Report 2016-2017
In the document below, we detail how our allocated funding in 2016-2017 was used to support children to accelerate progress and narrow gaps in achievement and the impact this has had on accelerating pupil progress and reducing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.