What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve expected levels in maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium
Pupil Premium at
Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School 2015-16
For the academic year 2015/2016 the pupil premium grant is included in the school’s budget plans and will be used to help with teaching and learning, raising achievement and boosting self-esteem for those pupils whose progress is slower than expected.
Our Pupil Premium expenditure has included:
Contributing to the employment of additional staff to help secure improvements in learning in Literacy and Maths.
Employing a Home School Link worker to work with low income and/or vulnerable families.
Employing a Play Therapist to support identified pupils.
Contributing to the employment of a Nurture TA (Teaching Assistant) to work with identified pupils.
Contributing to the employment of TA’s to provide additional support for identified pupils in Literacy and Mathematics.
Contribution to the cost of additional outside agencies when required.
No child at Christopher Rawlins CE School has ever been excluded from a trip or activity because of financial constraints on the family, with Pupil Premium being used to subsidise educational activities for eligible pupils where necessary.
What will the impact be?
The children’s self-esteem will be raised.
Standards will be raised across school and ALL children will reach their full potential.
All children will be included in all activities.