What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted or children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Why was it introduced?

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. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.

For the financial year 2020-21 we have been allocated £101,495.00. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is currently 23%.  The national average is 15.4%.

This year we intend to use the pupil premium to provide:

  • Learning Mentor support for FSM pupils through the ‘Friends for Life’ enrichment programme and ongoing pastoral support
  • Parental Engagement projects with the Learning Mentor team
  • Lego ‘Express Yourself’ Group provision for those pupils who find it most challenging to remain in mainstream classrooms
  • Emotion Coaching and Mental Health training for all teaching staff
  • Enrichment activities for our FSM pupils, including those most able
  • Focusing staff development on moving to more outstanding teaching, including INSET training costs. Staff CPD&L will focus on supporting children’s emotional wellbeing, effectively identifying learning barriers, developing classroom provision and practice that addresses pupil barriers, developing effective teaching of vocabulary, early language skills and early reading
  • TA support for vulnerable groups
  • SEN TA support for FSM pupils to ensure all reach expected levels of attainment
  • Help with payments for educational visits

Some of the barriers our pupils face are:

  • Behaviour as a result of their parents requiring additional support with their parenting skills
  • Low academic achievement as a result of parents who experience challenges with their own ability to help with homework
  • Low income that affects the enrichment of our children’s lives
  • Social deprivation leading to low self-esteem
  • A lack of importance placed on school attendance, resulting in persistent absence from school.

Please click the link to view our Pupil Premium spending strategy for 2019-22

We will monitor and report on the grant’s impact at the end of the current financial year for the period September 2019 – March 2021.