What is Pupil Premium?
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop his/her full potential, irrespective of need. We work closely with parents to identify barriers to future attainment.
The pupil premium targets extra funding for pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows these students underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils to reach their potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to free school meals, children of service personnel and children looked after as an indicator for deprivation and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based upon the number registered for FSM (or who have been previously).
The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these students to increase their attainment and narrow the gap.
In the current year 2021 – 2022, school has one pupil who is eligible for Free School Meals or who have been in the past 6 years for whom we receive some additional pupil premium funding. The school will also receive a higher rate of funding, £2345 for any pupil who is ‘Looked after’ or adopted from care.
What is it spent on?
During the last academic year 2020 – 2021, schools received £1,345 for each eligible pupil and an additional payment of £2345 for children in receipt of Pupil Premium plus. The total is confidential due to the small numbers of pupils involved. We used the very small amount of funding to contribute to:
• Intervention and booster groups for target pupils (Teacher and TA led)
• 1:1 tuition
• Additional staff training to ensure that we are giving pupils the most effective interventions and support to address under- achievement (Speech therapy training from speech therapist)
• Subsidies for educational visits
• Access to pastoral support within school with advice from Barnardos
• Access to the wider curriculum eg. Peripatetic music lessons
What impact does it have?
Impact is measured in terms of progress that pupils make in core subjects and then in terms of the other social and emotional benefits. In 2020-21, the very few children who were eligible for pupil made good progress in terms of achievement and in accessing all that school can offer. All pupils participated fully in the life of the school, including taking part in residential experiences. Due to the small numbers involved further detail would compromise confidentiality.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-22
This year 2021-22 the school will receive some Pupil Premium funding. Spending will be in line with the priorities outlined above. A termly report is given to School governors and reported on annually on the school website. Given the small number of pupils that this applies to, to give a detailed report of allocation and spending might identify individual pupils, but bespoke packages of support are put in place for those children who need additional support.