What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2016, children who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) will receive £1320; £1,900 goes to any child who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Pupil Premium Funding 2016-2017
In April 2016 we received Pupil Premium at both schools which spans two academic years and it has been allocated accordingly. April-Aug 2016 gets allocated to the previous academic years allowance and Sept 2016 - March 2017 gets allocated to this current academic years allowance.
Funding is based on the children in school at the time of the January census each year and once this is known the additional funding will then also be included.
It is our intention during this current school year to use the funding to provide a HLTA pupil premium learning mentor who will support the children with small group and 1:1 interventions. This member of staff will also provide a pupil premium homework club for 2 nights a week after school.
We also intend to use the funding to support children’s learning by employing teaching assistants in each class every morning as a minimum. These assistants allow the class teacher to focus on specific children within the class they also work with small groups and individuals to address specific needs. Whichever way the teaching assistant is used it allows for children to make accelerated progress thereby “Closing the Gap”.
The funding will also be used to purchase identified resources to support learning and social and emotional development as well as ensuring that all our children have the same opportunities to specific events that support their learning and/or keep them active and healthy.