What is the Pupil Premium?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, funding which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools were also required to publish online information about how the Premium has been used.
Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months.
A Service Premium is also awarded to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
From September 2012, the Government also decided that eligibility for Pupil Premium would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
How do we use the additional funding?
At Lickey End First School, we are committed to providing opportunities for all our pupils (including those funded through Pupil Premium) to achieve their full potential, both academically and socially.
You can find up to date and specific Pupil Premium Strategy information in the Documents & Forms section below, but general examples of how we might target the funding are;
- Introduced Toe by Toe spelling recovery programme.
- Purchased Numicon maths resources and training for staff.
- Added to phonics teaching resources.
- Increased Speech and Language provision.
- We provide 1:1 or small group support for the pupil to eliminate risk of under-achievement in Literacy and Numeracy.
- We fund drama tuition.
- We provide opportunity to attend extra-curricular clubs at no charge.
- Pupil Premium subsidised or paid in full towards the participation of the pupil in school visits, to increase self-esteem and confidence.
- We provide additional curricular experiences, designed to increase the pupil’s independence and confidence.
How do we measure the impact of our strategies?
You can find up to date and specific Pupil Premium Impact information in the Documents & Forms section below, but general examples of how we might measure impact are;
- Increased Motivation.
- Self-esteem boost.
- Parents reporting greater enthusiasm over homework.
- More positive participation in maths lessons.
- Progress for identified children at age-related expectation.
- Spellings and reading improvement for identified children.