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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
- the reports for parents that schools have to publish online
How schools present the information in their online statement is a matter for each school. There is certain information that must be in the report: the school’s pupil premium allocation in respect of the current academic year; details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent; details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent, and the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.
In most cases the pupil premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
Pupil Premium Grant allocation 2013 / 2014: £4500
We currently receive pupil premium for 5 pupils.
The PPG allocation for 2013/ 2014 has been targeted to:
1) Enable teaching assistants to work with small groups or individuals to narrow the gaps in their learning.
2) Give children opportunities to participate in after school clubs, which develop their self-confidence and self-esteem.
3) Employ specialist teachers to support progress in identified areas of learning.
4) Purchase of Numicon mathematics resources and associated staff training.
Pupil Premium Grant allocation 2014 / 2015: £18,000 approx
We currently receive pupil premium for 13 pupils.
The PPG allocation for 2014/2015 has been targeted to :
- Provide opportunities for the children to participate in school activities which foster independence and help to improve their self esteem.
- Improve access to new technologies.
- Purchase resources and attend training for social stories.
- Enable children to take part in after school activities such as sports clubs.
- Employ specialist teachers to support progress in identified areas of learning.
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For further information about the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant allocation in 2014 – 2015 please click on the following link.
Pupil Premium Grant allocation 2015 / 2016: £16,100
We currently receive pupil premium for 14 pupils.
The PPG allocation for 2015 / 2016 has been targeted to:
- Focused TA support and targeted interventions to improve attainment and progress in numeracy and literacy.
- Enrichment activities including before and after school club (Castle Club).
- Specialist TA support for social / emotional intervention.
- Summer holiday activity club – allow participation in out of school sporting activity.
- Employment of a specialist teacher to support those pupils identified with dyslexic tendencies.
- Purchase of resources for those pupils requiring additional challenge.