‘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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’ (DFE 2012).
Schools are given additional funding for every student on their roll who is:
- a Looked After Child OR
- is currently able to claim Free School Meals OR
- has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
This additional funding has been allocated to every school due to national figures which show that this group does not achieve as well as their peers. The funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.
How must this money be used?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. There is no requirement for this money to be spent on individual students simply because they fall into this category. It is expected, however, that the funding will be used to support, as necessary, students in this group and other lower-income families so that this group makes the same progress as their peers.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by our PP students include:
- Poor attendance patterns and habits
- Lack of self-esteem or self-belief
- Limited ambition for educational outcomes
- Low attainment through primary school
- Limited inter-personal skills
No two students have the same needs and while many of our PP students do not face any of these challenges, some face many or all of them. Similarly, lack of parental support and low expectations can, in some cases exacerbate their needs.
How much funding does the school receive?
For 2016/17 the school received £42,261.
For 2017/18 the school will receive £50,831.
How and why does the school use this funding?
The school uses this funding to provide the following support structures for those students that need additional help in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations:
- 1-1 and small group intervention in English and Mathematics including reading recovery and support
- Social skills, self-esteem and other specialised programmes
- Additional behaviour and learning support
- Attendance related support structures and incentives
- Homework support and independent learning resources
- Financial support for: uniform, revision guides and other resources that will help progress and are not needed as part of the taught course; access to school events such as trips and visits that may otherwise not be accessible to students due to cost.
- Mentoring and advice for students in this group, in order to raise aspirations and remove barriers to success
We take this approach because we know there are two fundamental strands to the process of supporting these students to improve their engagement with education:
- ensuring their emotional and mental health and developing their interpersonal skills
- addressing particular learning needs to improve quickly to enable them to fully access the curriculum
It is important to note that it should not be assumed that all students eligible for pupil premium will need some or all of this support. It is likely that there will be students who will be making excellent progress already, and who will need minimal if any support as a result.