The Pupil Premium 2015/16
What is it?
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that provides extra funding aimed at pupils from
disadvantaged backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers and that there is a strong link between eligibility for free school meals and underachievement. The Pupil Premium is designed to help each school boost the attainment of disadvantaged children and reduce the gap between the highest and lowest achievers.
The government has used pupils’ entitlement to free school meals (FSM) and children looked after by the local authority (LAC) as an indicator for deprivation. The funding is allocated according to the number of pupils on roll who have been eligible for free school meals at any point during the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever6 FSM’), an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more, an allocation for children adopted from care or under a special residency or guardianship order and a smaller amount for the children of service families to be put to use to support any social or emotional needs this group of children may have.
In 2015-2016 the Pupil Premium is £1320 per pupil in YR to Y6. It is £1,900 for children who:
- have been looked after for 1 day or more
- have been adopted from care
- have left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order
A Service Premium is also paid to schools for pupils in YR to Y11 who are either recorded as Ever 5 Service Children or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
It is for schools to decide how best to utilise the Pupil Premium funding and the DFE acknowledges that ‘schools are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need’. (DFE 2013)
Schools are held to account for how they have spent the money and information on the funding grant has to be published on the school website.
We ensure that all pupils’ learning needs are met appropriately, including Pupil Premium funded children, fully understanding that it is not the additional funding that will close the gap between this group of children and their peers but how we use it. We also recognise that some pupils who do not receive Pupil Premium funding may also have significant barriers to learning and we reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to any child who has been rightly identified as vulnerable or disadvantaged and at risk of not achieving as well as their peers.
Pupil Premium funding will be used on a needs’ basis linked to our tracking of individual children’s progress and that this funding does not equate children on FSM as ‘low ability’ due to their economic circumstances.
How much pupil premium money did Portreath C.P School receive in 2014-2015?
The pupil premium allocation for Portreath C.P School in 2013-2014 was £17,000.
How much pupil premium money will Portreath C.P School receive in 2015-2016?
The indicative pupil premium allocation for Portreath C.P School in 2015-2016 is £17000.
The allocation in 2014-2015 contributed to providing our children with the services of an Educational Psychologist who works between the seven schools of the Crofty Learning Trust. Staff use this service to seek advice and guidance as to the best way possible to ensure children achieve their very best and plans are put in place to meet their needs.
Teaching Assistants support individuals and groups by delivering a variety of intervention programmes including Toe By Toe, Pre-Teach Maths, Early Literacy Support (ELS), Funfit, Top To Toe, Learning Mentor work and daily reading as well as Additional Literacy support (ALS) work in each class. The school thus strives to raise the attainment of this group of children.
Staff and governors will:
- ensure Pupil Premium income and expenditure is clearly identifiable within the school budget and will encourage take up of FSM by working proactively with parents and carers, in a sensitive and supportive manner, to remove any potential barriers or stigma attached to claiming FSM.
- have regard for the latest research on how to best narrow attainment gaps and will adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of our children.
- all staff will share responsibility for narrowing the gap and will work together to decide the most effective strategies.
- track the progress and impact of strategies and will continue to develop best practice in closing the gap.
Numbers of children in these groups are very low and for this reason reporting is very much on an individual basis within school to ensure individuals cannot be identified.
For further information about Pupil Premium
and if you are not sure if your child would be eligible for FSM, please use the sources below to help you.
Please speak to Mrs Thomas, School Business Manager or contact the Cornwall Council on www.cornwall.gov.uk/schoolmeals or tel: 0300 1234 101.