The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. It is based the January school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals in nursery to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns.
How should schools use Pupil Premium?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. We expect that measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. The government also requires schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium.
How much Pupil Premium has the school received?
The level of the premium set for 2016-2017 is £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals and for pupils in care or are adopted it is £1900 per pupil.
For the financial year April 2016 to March 2017, the school received funding through Pupil Premium of £ 17,140.
How have we used the Pupil Premium?
From September of this year we have had to change the way Pupil Premium monies are used due to the overall reduction in the school budget. Whilst previously we have split the money between the provision of additional teaching support for the children and the provision of additional resources/ activities, this year we have had to use the vast majority of the 16/17 allocation to fund the provision of additional teaching support to ensure that core curriculum needs are met in English, Mathematics and Science.
There has been a small level of expenditure on resources and activities as detailed below. Not every pupil who is eligible for Pupil Premium has taken part in each activity and those that have are not restricted to those of low income or vulnerability.
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Impact of the Pupil Premium
In common with other schools we believe that it is still too early to assess fully the impact that the Pupil Premium is having on raising achievement and/or improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. As a school, we track the performance of all pupils very carefully and will continue to use indicators such as eligibility for Pupil Premium (in the same way that we do for SEN, ethnicity, EAL etc.) to identify the performance of groups of pupils against their peer groups and to address the agenda of Narrowing the Gaps. The longer that tracking continues for pupils, the more secure the judgement that can be made with regard to progress. Short time scales, and small numbers of pupils, produce data that are prone to misrepresentation.
In common with other schools we also recognise that is it is difficult to disaggregate the impact of Pupil Premium work from the other things that we do to support vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils both now and in the years prior to Pupil Premium funding.
In judging the impact of the Pupil Premium it should be understood that the school has over many years had a focus of inclusion and support of all pupils where staffing levels both within the classroom and through support staffing (and the cost to the school in providing this) have reflected this practice. What is therefore effectively a different funding mechanism for disadvantaged students cannot be expected to be transparent in proving a meaningful impact.
The school monitors with increased scrutiny the academic attainment and progress of all pupils but particularly those pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions.