What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium (PP)/Pupil Premium Grant was introduced by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long term economic wellbeing between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven. However, the Government has a stated aim to narrow this gap in attainment and since 2011 has provided additional funding to schools to support them in so doing.
Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years (if no longer receiving FSM are known as Ever 6 children) and children who have been in care for more than six months. Currently schools will receive an additional £1320 for each child eligible for FSM or £1900 for those who are looked after by the local authority (Looked After Child - LAC). Children whose parents are employed by the armed forces receive an additional £300.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are aware of the extra support that is available to pupils who receive the PP.
How much do we receive?
For the financial year 2015/16 Woolden Hill received £42,225 for Pupil Premium. As a school we understand that it is not only pupils who qualify for PP who may need the support from the school as detailed below; every child is assessed for extra support on an individual basis according to their need.
As of October 2016, 44 pupils out of 201 on roll qualified for PP funding and 1 pupil for children of Armed services personnel. This is 21.8% of the school population.
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What is the funding used for?
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. Appropriate provision is made for pupils that belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This will be through whole school monitoring of data, assessments and discussions with the class teacher. We recognise that not all pupils that receive Pupil Premium funding will be socially disadvantaged.
The funding is used in several ways at Woolden Hill Primary School. The majority of funding is used to provide additional support for children to ensure they make accelerated progress in core curriculum areas. This support is delivered and monitored by a teacher and also delivered by trained support assistants. An enrichment fund is also available for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding, which provides assistance with costs associated with enrichment. This includes support with the costs of school trips, before and after school care.
Measuring the impact of the use of Pupil Premium
As a school we will endeavour to judge the impact of the use of the Pupil Premium Grant by:
- Tracking Pupil Premium children throughout the year to monitor their academic and social progress. Regular data analysis is used to measure the impact of the variety of interventions that have taken place. Pupil progress meetings take place termly to ensure that pupils are on track to achieve 5 points progress in each class in KS1 and 4 points progress in each year group in KS2.
- Carefully monitoring pupils with emotional support, these are carefully tracked to determine if the counselling and behaviour support provided is having an impact. Attendance and behaviour logs are kept to support the impact of these interventions. Pupils are also monitored for their participation in after school clubs to support their wellbeing and social interaction.
- Using pupil feedback (interviews and shared time in class)
- Details of the impact of spending, interventions and progress are monitored by a nominated Pupil Premium Governor and the teaching and Learning Committee.