Pupil Premium funding was first introduced in April 2011 and is additional funding allocated to schools to specifically benefit children who:
Are entitled to Free School Meals
Have at any point in the last 6 years been entitled to Free School Meals
Are looked after children and have been in care for at least 6 months
Are the children of current Service Personnel
Are the children of Service Personnel at any point during the last 4 years
The funding allocation differs for each of the categories listed above and it is the decision of the school on how this funding is spent.
Historically, across the country many Pupil Premium children make slower progress and achieve lower attainment. The purpose of the Pupil Premium money is to target support, and provide strategies to narrow these attainment and progress gaps.
There is no requirement to spend this just on pupils who receive Pupil Premium funding as many methods of support will support these and others.
Reporting to Parents
Parents will be able to obtain information on the pupil premium via the schools website. This will be updated annually.
Objectives for the spending of PPG
To provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
To narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
As far as possible, to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
To ensure the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
How will we decide how to spend the PPG?
We will, as far as possible, make evidence based decisions. This will be from institutions such as the Education Endowment Fund research, individual programmes such as “Better Reading” and from the outcomes of our own work. We will measure the impact as far as possible of each intervention and review regularly. Some areas are difficult to quantify such as supporting children to go on a school trip or the purchase of a PE kit yet that does not mean we will not do these things and this will be down to the professional judgement of the school.
Funding will be used for universal support. This may be, for instance, the professional development of staff though a project such as “talk for writing” or for coaching. The purpose behind this is that if we increase the skills of staff all pupils including those eligible for PPG will get the benefit. When working with groups there may well be children who are not eligible for PPG within these. This may be because there aren’t enough pupils at a suitable stage for the intervention and that this is the most efficient use of the funding.