Pupil premium strategy / self-evaluation (primary)
is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It’s allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for . The initiative is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces. At around £1,320 per eligible pupil, this money is for schools to decide how to use in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. Children who have been looked after and are now adopted receive a higher allocation of pupil premium at £2,300 per pupil
Whilst pupil premium funds are used to benefit these pupils, the activities and resources can benefit a wider group. For example, if teachers attend continuous professional development, all pupils benefit; if we invest in a resource for the classroom, lots of children enjoy the activity. This is done to ensure inclusion, equality and a broad and balanced mix of pupils.
We invest the pupil premium in our pupils regardless of whether they are low attaining or not through extra support and challenge in class.
A large proportion of our funding is spent on additional classroom support. Staff are aware of which children are eligible for the pupil premium and provide additional, frequent targeted support for these pupils. Every child receiving pupil premium has an intervention plan, which is reviewed three times a year, with parents. This academic year all our pupil premium children have a designated mentor who regularly checks in with these children to discuss their learning and well-being. These mentors support the teachers to ensure appropriate and timely provision is in place for our pupil premium children.