The government currently provides schools with additional funding to support the learning and development of certain groups of eligible children. This is known as Pupil Premium funding and is currently available to children who satisfy any of the following
The aim of the pupil premium funding is to reduce the gap in progress and attainment currently evident between children who fall in to the criteria above and those who do not. The intended outcome is to ensure parity in progress and attainment for Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium children. To redress the current imbalance, the Pupil Premium funding can be used to target specific interventions at identified Pupil Premium children with the aim of accelerating their current rate of progress.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. All schools are now required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium funding. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
In 2016-17, we will receive additional funding of £21,560 to support the 16 children we currently have in school who are eligible for pupil premium support. We planned to allocate this funding to help provide for a range of activities and interventions to support those eligible children to make maximum progress throughout the year. If necessary, intervention financing will be supplemented from the wider school budget to ensure we are providing tailored and effective support for all.
There is now in place a thorough process of plan, do and review for all children who are in receipt of the pupil premium funding. Their individual progress is monitored continually with half termly progress meetings in which provision for those children is evaluated specifically. We have worked in collaboration with partnership schools to conduct a review of how we spend our pupil premium funding and have a growing bank of pupil premium case studies on which to evaluate our investments. Having evaluated progress throughout the school, we are pleased to report that for 2015-16 the average progress of children in receipt of pupil premium funding is higher than that of non-disadvantaged children in reading, writing and maths. Although this may not always appear to be the case at the end of each key stage, we are conscious that the small number of children in the cohort can influence the initial impression of the statistics. When looking at the wider school picture the impact of pupil premium funding is more evident and, for the first time, we can now evidence that the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children is being closed in our school.