The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.This is one of the government’s key education policies. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after by the local authority for one day or more, the school receives an additional amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.It is important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents/carers should check to see if they are entitled to free school meals.
At around £1,300 per eligible pupil, this money is for schools to decide how to usein order to improve the educational attainment of these children.The school receives a higher figure for those children who are or who have been looked after by the local authority.
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for all pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. Rufford Park Primary is committed to ‘narrowing the gap’ between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium forms a vital part of that process.
Provision will be made through:
- Facilitating pupils’ access to education.
- Facilitating pupils’ access to the curriculum.
- Alternative support and intervention within the school.
The aims of Pupil Premium spending are to:
- Raise pupil’s aspirations.
- Raise pupil attainment.
- Enrich children’s learning experiences.
- Promote a positive attitude to learning.
- Improve attendance.
Intended outcomes of spending Pupil Premium funding are:
- Accelerated progress made.
- All pupils to make at least expected progress and a closing of the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and all pupils.
The Senior Leadership Team and wider school staff ensure that Pupil Premium funding and provision impacts achievement, attendance and pastoral care. The school considers best ways to allocate Pupil Premium money annually following rigorous data analysis and the careful consideration of the needs of the pupils. The wider staff team are responsible for implementing and evaluating provision and senior leaders are responsible for monitoring provision and measuring impact; the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher evaluate pupil premium outcomes compared to other pupils in school to ensure the correct strategies and provision are in place.
Reporting Pupil Premium
All maintained schools must publish their strategy for using the Pupil Premium funding on their website. Each academic year, we will publish our planned expenditure, identifying how the money will be spent and the intended outcomes. This will be reviewed at the end of the academic year and a report will be published giving information on how the Pupil Premium funding was used within school and the impact on desired outcomes. The report will also detail the attainment and progress of pupils who are in receipt of Pupil Premium and the intervention that has been supported by the additional funding. Reports will also detail the progress made towards narrowing the gap and this will be supported by reported data and academic progress.
Reporting to parents/carers
Parents will be able to obtain information on Pupil Premium spending via the school’s website. This will be updated annually.
How do we spend the Pupil Premium grant?
What impact has it had?
Our Pupil Premium reports show how we have used the funding and the impact on outcomes.