What is the ‘Pupil Premium’?
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM); those looked after by the Local Authority and the children of armed service personnel. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide on 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. The funding is allocated by calculating the number of children who are looked after (in care for more than six months) and the numbers registered for free school meals over the last six years.
What are the aims of Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium aims to raise the attainment and aspirations of disadvantaged pupils. Targeting pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSMs), the programme is based upon the identification of a number of activities or approaches which seem to make a real difference to disadvantaged pupils:
The specific purpose of the Pupil Premium is to improve the life chances of the most disadvantaged. Therefore the Pupil Premium will be used directly for their benefit:
- Providing a coherent curriculum and engaging pupils in their learning.
- Helping pupils to articulate and manage their emotions.
- Raising pupils’ self esteem and confidence.
- Broadening pupils’ horizons by providing a wide range of stimulating activities.
- Providing support at transition points.
- Recruiting, developing and retaining staff with empathy for the pupils and their backgrounds.
- Promoting and valuing partnerships with parents/carers and the local community.
- The Pupil Premium Programme focuses on improving outcomes in English and Maths and in teaching and learning practices for all children eligible for Free School Meals by rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress in English and Maths – with proven interventions when pupils fall behind.
Pupil Premium at The John Moore Primary School
As a school we have decided to use our additional Pupil Premium funding to set up Team Achieve. Team Achieve is run by the Inclusion Manager (Mrs Heather Philcox). Being a part of Team Achieve enables the children to have access to additional resources and opportunities to aid their learning and progress at school. These may include:
Access to a separate Lending Library
Weekly Discovery Club
Support from Family Support Worker
Financial help to cover the cost of school events
Ofsted (January 2015) stated that:
The pupil premium funding is used effectively to help disadvantaged pupils to make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Disadvantaged pupils make good progress. These pupils attain better than other pupils nationally. Those in Year 6 last year left the school with attainment which was at least one term ahead of other pupils nationally in mathematics and writing and over one year ahead of other pupils nationally in reading. Their attainment is at least in line with that of their peers in school in all subjects. This is because the effectiveness of support for these pupils is checked carefully and the inclusion leader tracks the progress of disadvantaged pupils very closely to ensure that they achieve consistently well.
Team Achieve Newsletter
Please read our latest Team Achieve Newsletter to find out more about what is happening in Team Achieve.