What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) or have been entitled in the past 6 years, those looked after by the local authority (LAC) and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done. At Spooner Row Primary School we firmly believe that in order to learn, children’s basic emotional and physical needs must first be met, and so a proportion of our Pupil Premium was allocated to paying for trips, musical instrument tuition, attendance at clubs and social events.
Mostly however, we used the money to provide on-going small group support in both Literacy and Mathematics.
In 2015/2016 the amount of Pupil Premium funding received by Spooner Row Primary School was £10,840. Governors and staff worked with the headteacher to ensure that this money was well-spent to support pupil premium children; they also tracked the anonymised progress of these pupils to judge the impact of the support.
Mathematics – 64% of Pupil Premium children attained the National Expectation and 77% made expected or better progress.
Writing – 36% of Pupil Premium children attained the National Expectation and 66% made expected or better progress.
Reading – 64% of Pupil Premium children attained the National Expectation and 77% made expected or better progress.
Ofsted July 2013
“There were not enough pupils known to be eligible for funding from the pupil premium in 2012 to comment on their attainment. However information about current pupils shows that almost all are achieving at least as well as their classmates.”
“The funding available through the pupil premium is used effectively to help the small number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals to take a full part in school life, and receive, where appropriate, specific resources and adult time. The progress made by these pupils is closely monitored by the headteacher and the data clearly indicate that there are few gaps in attainment.”
“Good decisions have been made over the spending of the pupil premium. They (the Governors) check the impact on pupils’ progress carefully to ensure best use of this funding.”