Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools to support targeted groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are or have been entitled to free school meals (FSM) anytime in the last 6 years; those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to address underlying inequalities for children in the groups mentioned.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is identified separately in the school budget allocation. Schools 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.
All schools have a legal requirement to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
The funding we receive is used in the following ways:
- To employ additional support staff to help provide a targeted level of support to some of our most vulnerable children so they can make the progress expected of them, particularly in our Early years and KS1
- To employee experienced support staff
- To provide an appropriate learning environment in which children are encouraged to achieve.
- Plan to provide short term intervention programmes for under achieving pupils and those with SEN so our most vulnerable children can make the progress expected of them.
- Ensuring that the qualifying children as all others have their needs clearly identified and their progress closely monitored through the school
- To subsidise educational visits and ensure children have access to varied curriculum.
- Purchase Read Write Inc. Phonics program.
- For some children this has a huge impact on their self-esteem and confidence.
- Provided additional out of hours support (breakfast club) if appropriate.
All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.