Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that many of these pupils underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. We use the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment. The progress of these children is tracked closely and reported to the governing body to ensure we are meeting their needs in the best possible way.
We have used our Pupil Premium Funding to support our pupils in the following ways:
- to fund additional Teaching Assistants support pupils in classrooms
- to purchase resources to support learning
- to employ a Learning Mentor to support pupils and their families
- to engage a counselling service for pupils with social and emotional difficulties - for example, New Start
- to purchase intervention programmes for pupils whose attainment is below age-related expectations
- to support ongoing professional development and staff training - eg Solihull Approach, delivering intervention programmes
- to pay for music tuition and examinations for pupils entitled to Pupil Premium Grant funding
- to pay for Educational Visits and residential trips
- to fund additional lunchtime Welfare to support happy lunchtimes
- to provide additional support the needs of individual pupils entitled to PPG (e.g.transport)
Funding for 2013/14: £12,389
Funding for 2014/15: £14,300
Funding for 2015/16 £14,520
Funding for 2016/17 £30,620
Funding for 2017/18 £28,720
Funding for 2018/2019 £36,244
Pupil tracking across school in 2018 to 2019 shows that of our children for whom we receive Pupil Premium Funding:
in reading 66% achieved end of year targets.
in writing 54% achieved end of year targets.
in maths 58% achieved end of year targets.
Other sources of evidence used for assessing the progress these pupils is through feedback from parents and discussion with the children themselves.