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What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011.  It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals and those children in local authority care.  These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less advantaged backgrounds.  For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in Maths and English as other 11 year olds. 

Where Does the Money Come From?

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.  The level of Pupil Premium in 2011-12 was £488 per pupil.  In 2012-13 this figure increased to £600 per pupil.  The Government also decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 would be extended to pupils who have ever been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years (this is known as ‘ever 6’), and the figure increased to £900 per pupil.  The current figure is £1,300 per pupil.

Is there any other Funding available as part of the Pupil Premium scheme?

Schools with pupils from Service Families are also allocated a small Service Children Premium for each of these children.  In 2011-12, the allocation was £200 per pupil.  In 2012-13 this figure increased to £250 per pupil.  The current figure is set at £300 per pupil. 

In the main, service children achieve well at school. However, schools have reported that there are sometimes additional needs relating to service children’s emotional and social well-being. In the past, extra support often had to be accommodated from within their existing budgets. Schools are now able to use the Service Premium to fund this additional pastoral care, if they feel that is appropriate.

What are Schools’ Responsibilities in Spending the Pupil Premium?

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools provide targeted support for vulnerable pupils – not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.  The FSM calculation helps to determine how much each school should receive – schools with small numbers of children receiving FSM are likely to have smaller numbers of vulnerable pupils, whereas schools with large numbers of children receiving FSM are likely to have much greater numbers of vulnerable pupils.  “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.”  Source - DfE Website

The funding is therefore given to schools to spend how they think best.  There is a requirement to publish a report on the school’s website indicating how this money is spent.  Schools are also required to report spending of Pupil Premium allocations to Governors and external agencies such as Ofsted and the County Inspectorate.

The Pupil Premium at Andrews’ Endowed CE Primary School

Our school has a very small proportion of children who are eligible for pupil premium.  The figures below show our funding for FSM and Service Children combined, over the past three years. 

 

For 2014-15 our allocation was £29,500.

For 2015-16 our allocation was £29,500.

For 2016-17 our allocation is £33,137.

How is the Pupil Premium used?

Please click here to see our most recent Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure Report.

The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to maximise children’s progress and to give additional support where required.  Children are not singled out or stigmatised for getting some extra attention and we would never label a child in front of other children as receiving free school meals, for example.  Nor would we deny a child access to any of this provision because they do not receive free school meals. 

During any academic year, the funding is used to support a wide range of provision, including:

  • Funding small group and 1:1 learning using specialist teachers and learning support assistants – this takes many forms, including Booster groups; specialist phonics, maths and reading support;
  • Providing support for children’s emotional and social needs through groups led by our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)
  • Providing access to external specialists such as behaviour support services or speech and language therapy;
  • Parenting Support - alongside the other Alton schools, we buy into the ‘Alton Buckle Local Children’s Partnership Family Support Team’ who provide outreach for local families in a variety of ways
  • Curriculum enrichment for individual and small groups of children where appropriate
  • Provision of resources to support children’s learning and welfare
  • Training for individuals and groups of staff in meeting children’s academic and pastoral needs

How do we know if this is making a difference?

At Andrews’ Endowed, we track the progress of all our pupils on a half termly basis and we compare children according to different characteristics, including FSM.  The DfE also publish our results in a report called RAISEonline which analyses our school data.  The summary from our current RAISEonline shows that there is no significant difference in the attainment and progress of children who are entitled to FSM and those who are not.  FSM children are achieving as well as non-FSM children. 

Sometimes, the difference, although not instantly measurable in terms of pupil progress, can be seen in the increased security and well-being of a child or group of children.  This will make a significant contribution to that child’s ability to do well at school and make good progress in the longer term.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is used to benefit our children, please speak to the Headteacher.

 If you think your child may possibly be eligible for Free School Meals, even if you don’t want your child to actually eat school meals, please fill in a claim form.  You can talk to the ladies in the office to arrange this.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.

 For more details on the Pupil Premium, please visit: www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

 
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