Pupil Premium 2016/17
What is it?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children registered for free school meals (FSM), or have been in the previous six years, and children who have been in care.
In 2016/17 the school’s allocated amount was £17,160 for 13 eligible pupils.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school budget, 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. Historically, FSM pupils make slower progress and achieve lower results than those children who do not receive FSM. This is a national issue. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to target support to “narrow the gap.” Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are required to hold detailed records and publish on line how they spend the funding.
How has the money been spent?
Many of our intervention programmes are funded through the Pupil Premium. This can be intensive one-to one sessions or small, weekly group sessions, run by our teaching assistants; teachers or specially trained workers and supports those children falling behind in reading, writng or maths; the emotional and behavioural needs of some children as well as their physical needs.
Our Pupil Premium allocation for 2016/17 was £17,160, which we have allocated to the areas listed in the document below:
This year Pupil Premium has helped fund an increase from three classes to four which has led to a reduction in class size, meaning that children get more individual teacher input and support. Pupil Premium also funds resources to particularly support support children with delay in phonics, reading and maths.
Measuring the Impact?
The school will evaluate the impact on each pupil at the end of each half term. Evaluation will focus on academic gains and how pupil’s self-confidence has developed as a consequence of any intervention.
In 2015-16 children on free school meals were, on average, making progress in line with their peers with attainment at the end of KS2 showing that 66% of FSM children made expected progress in maths and reading and 66% of FSM children made good or excellent progress in writing.
Ms Karin Baker – Headteacher