Pupil Premium

Overview

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.

Pupil Premium funding is available to:

  • Schools maintained by the local authority, including:

    • Special schools, for children with special educational needs or disabilities

    • Pupil referral units (PRUs), for children who can’t go to a mainstream school

  • Academies and free schools, including:

    • Special academies, for children with special educational needs or disabilities

    • Alternative provision (AP) academies, for children who can’t go to a mainstream school

    • Voluntary-sector AP, with local authority agreement

    • Non-maintained special schools (NMSS), for children with special educational needs as approved by the Secretary of State for Education under section 342 of the Education Act 1992

Barriers and Issues

The main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face include the following possibilities:

  • Low income

  • Unsettled family arrangements

  • Inappropriate or inadequate housing

  • Emotional instability of family member(s)

  • Terminal illness or decreasing health of adults in the home

  • Children are young carers

  • Parents may not have had a successful or enjoyable education

  • Siblings may have had disrupted educational experiences

  • Safeguarding concerns

  • Attendance

Additionally, the following educational/health issues have been identified amongst our pupil premium children:

  • ASD

  • ADHD

  • Learning needs

Spending and Impact Measuring

In order to address these barriers we will spend our pupil premium funding to address these barriers:

  • High quality data analysis and target setting to ensure high expectations

  • Planning that specifically meets the needs of these groups

  • Individual intervention plans

  • Quality first teaching

  • High quality teaching assistant support

  • Parent Support advisor support (accessing housing, welfare, health, young carer, adult education support for families)

We will measure the impact of the pupil premium by:

  • Checking attendance

  • Engagement of parents in school events (parents evening, homework club etc)

  • Progress and attainment (in lessons, within a year, between key stages)

  • Downgrading of welfare concerns

The date of the next pupil premium strategy review is July 2017. Progress checks are also carried out periodically throughout the year.

Details on our Pupil Premium allocation and how we intend to spend our funding for 2016-2017 are below:

The Impact of Pupil Premium

Most of the pupil premium children made at least expected progress in maths, reading and writing. For the pupil premium children who did not make the expected progress, a significant number also had special educational needs and they were receiving learning appropriate to their needs.