What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
“Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.”
Who is it for?
Pupil Premium funding is for those pupils who fit the following criteria:
- Pupils Looked After
- Pupils who are eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the past 6 years
- Children of Services Personnel
How do we use it?
At Prior’s Mill we ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, ensuring that the needs of such pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. We recognise that not all pupils in receipt of pupil premium are socially disadvantaged and nor do all have difficulty achieving similar outcomes or better than their non pupil premium peers. Our aim, therefore, is to support all our pupil premium pupils to achieve their full potential and in so doing, diminish any attainment or progress gap that we identify. Rigorous pupil progress meetings with leaders and teachers, ensure pupils’ specific needs are identified promptly. Progress is tracked and through moderation and evaluation, amendments are made to support the child’s learning. Finding the “barrier(s) to learning”, which can be academic or other, and removing them with effective teaching, learning and assessment, is crucial at Prior’s Mill Primary to enable children to be able to discover, grow and flourish in their gifts.
What are our over-arching strategies?
- To provide quality first teaching in order to continue improving the attainment and successes of all children and to close the gap between groups
- To provide quality targeted intervention, both academic and pastoral, to ensure all pupils can access learning to their full potential
- To provide enriching experiences including trips, residential visits and experiences in school which children would not otherwise access
- To promote the well-being of our children and to ensure that they are supported and enabled to achieve
How do we achieve this?
We use the additional funding to support us in:
- Ensuring quality teaching for all children through supporting training and continuous development to improve the quality of all teaching
- Providing targeted support that is specifically tailored to address identified barriers
The range of provision or activities the school may consider making for pupil premium pupils may include:
- High quality CPD matched to the needs of pupils and staff
- Providing small group or 1:1 work with an experienced teacher/support staff
- High adult: pupil ratios to ensure rapid intervention as needs are identified
- Enrichment opportunities e.g. curriculum activities, after school clubs, educational visits, music/sports tuition
- Access to specialist staff e.g. Mental Health and Well Being, Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language
- Acquisition of staff, resources or services to provide the above
How do we report on our effectiveness?
It is the responsibility of the Assistant Head (KS2), to produce regular reports for the Governing Body detailing the progress made towards diminishing the difference for socially disadvantaged pupils and giving an outline of the provision that has been made since the last meeting and the associate impact. The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used, published here the school website.