What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium Grant is a significant amount of money for many schools, with schools attracting £1900 per 'looked-after child' or £1320 per child who has been able to access free school meals within the last 6 years.
Pupils from Service Families
Pupils from Service families also attract Pupil Premium funding at the level of £300 per child. This money is to be used to support pupils' pastoral needs, for example, during times of parental deployment or during a move to, or away from, our school.
The Government believes that Head Teachers and School Leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- The performance tables which show the performances of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
- The Ofsted Inspection Framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in
particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
- The reports for parents that schools have to publish online.
At Kirk Fenton CE Primary School:
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that
the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will
be socially disadvantaged
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has
legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority groups or individuals
The range of provision the school includes:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teaching assistant focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs such as Reading Intervention and Talking Maths.
- Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics – school pays for
every child to be able to access Mathletics, new home reading and guided reading books, including phonics.
All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this may be through targeted literacy and numeracy support or initiatives to promote children’s engagement in learning.