What is Pupil Premium Grant?
Pupil Premium Grant is funding allocated to schools for the purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families. It is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support to help children reach their full potential.
Funding is allocated for children who are Looked after by the Local Authority (CLA), for children of Forces personnel and for every child who is registered for Free School Meals or has been in the previous six years.
Purpose of Pupil Premium (from the DfE Website)
• 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
• In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
• Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by Pupil Premium.
How much Pupil Premium Grant is the school allocated?
The allocation of Pupil Premium Grant is shown below:
How is the money spent?
At Heathlands, the Governors review the use of the Pupil Premium Grant annually. They consider the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils, consider how the money has been spent in the past and the evidence of the impact that this has had on these pupils. This enables them to make decisions about the most effective use of this money to narrow the attainment gap between those pupils in our lowest income families and the rest of the school population.
Currently, the main barriers to educational achievement are low expectations and aspirations from home. This is compounded, in some families, by parents' poor reading, writing and maths skills. At Heathlands, we have found that high expectations of behaviour and learning, coupled with knowledge of individuals and their needs is the most effective support for these pupils. In order to do this, the majority of the Pupil Premium money is spent on high quality staffing. This ensures that all cohorts across school have at least two highly skilled teachers/teaching assistants most of the week. The staff use data, work scrutiny and gap analysis to plan specific tailor made intervention programmes for individual pupils, including in class support and focused learning opportunities on a one to one or small group situation.
Other things, that this money is used for includes Think Children counselling, CASY counselling, Literacy Volunteers and subsidies for all residential visits, school visits and clubs.
What is the impact of Pupil Premium Grant?
In order to ensure that this money is impacting on our most vulnerable pupils, the progress and attainment of these pupils is tracked carefully. This is done through observations, work scrutiny and data analysis. The governors have agreed that this information should not be published in detail on the school website, as the number of eligible pupils in some cohorts is very low (sometimes one or two pupils). This would make it very easy to identify the children concerned which we do not believe is in the best interest of the children's self esteem and confidence.
Detailed information is kept within school and used by staff and Governors to evaluate the impact of spending. Monitoring shows that most pupils in receipt of pupil premium have made at least expected progress in reading, writing and maths with many making better than expected progress.