Pupil premium 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 free school meals (FSM). This 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’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers should check to see if they are entitled.
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 £1,000 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. The pupil premium has the potential to have a great impact on the attainment, and future life chances, of pupils.
Our provision plan is attached which shows how we are using the pupil premium and the outcomes this is having.
At Christ Church Primary we know that all children are different and have different needs and therefore we invest pupil premium to support children in different ways. This means some children may benefit from adult support in a different ways, such as 1:1 reading support through Reading Recovery or Better Reading partners.
A large proportion of our funding is spent on additional classroom support, who deliver targeted interventions. Staff are aware of which children are eligible for the pupil premium and provide additional, frequent targeted support for these pupils. As our performance data has increased in recent years and the gap between pupil premium and non pupil premium children has reduced, in many cases pupil premium children performing much better.
What impact has it had?
We monitor the outcomes of our support on an ongoing basis. As we have a growing percentage of children entitled to FSM it means we are constantly coming up with additional ways to support our pupils.