The Pupil Premium is a government grant that targets extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium is a government grant that targets extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Research shows that these pupils generally underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is given to schools so that they can provide additional support for these pupils and ensure they reach their potential.
The Government calculates how much Pupil Premium money each school receives by looking at the number of children at the school who have been registered for free school meals at any time within the last 6 years, and at the number of children in local authority care. These are used as general indicators of deprivation. The school then receives a fixed amount of money per qualifying pupil.
The Government is not dictating how schools should spend this money, but schools have to show that they are using it effectively to narrow the achievement gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and others. School performance tables include information about the attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds compared with their peers.
How does the school use this money?
The school uses the Pupil Premium grant to fund staffing to either run targeted interventions (some ongoing, some new) for pupils from vulnerable groups, or to fund staff to improve the quality of teaching & learning which is proven to be the most effective way of raising the achievement of all pupils, especially disadvantaged pupils, or to support disadvantaged pupils’ access to educational experiences such as music lessons or visits. Governors ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately addressed. Children’s progress is monitored through termly meetings between the school’s senior management and class teachers, and governors receive reports on the results.
The Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who are identified as qualifying for PPG will be socially disadvantaged. They also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.
The Inclusion Leader, together with the Headteacher, will maintain an ongoing programme of support for disadvantaged pupils, which will be overseen by the Governors’ Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee.
The school’s Governing Body will continue to maintain an oversight of the impact of teaching and learning throughout the school to make sure it meets the needs of all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
What have we achieved to date and plan to achieve through use of the Pupil Premium?
Our major concern is the achievement of children. Over the next few years our aspiration is to diminish the difference in achievement between children from advantaged backgrounds and those that face challenges.
Extract from Ofsted Report (January 2013) judgments on effectiveness of use of Pupil Premium
“Those who are eligible for support through the pupil premium funding achieve as well as their peers….This good achievement is due to the school’s strong focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills for this group.”
Extract from Ofsted Report (January 2017)
“The most able pupils, including the most able disadvantaged pupils, are now doing well overall.”