Purpose of funding – what is it for?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium allocation in 2012 was £600.00 per free school meals child, this rose to £900.00 per child in 2013 and £1300.00 per free school meals child in 2014. The allocation has remained consistent at £1320.00 per child including the current year 2019.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The receipt of this funding does rely on parents completing a free school meals form for all their children in school. Even with the introduction of universal free meals from September 2014 for KS1 children, we as a school still need parents to complete the relevant paperwork.
The government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
How schools present the information in their online statement is a matter for each school. There is certain information that must be in the report: the school’s pupil premium allocation in respect of the current academic year; details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent; details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent, and the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.
Pupil premium is paid directly to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, the local authority decides how to allocate the pupil premium. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the premium for these pupils should be used. Local authorities are responsible for looked-after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked-after child is on roll.
55 Free School meal children @£1320.00 per child £72,600
Teaching and Learning Assistants
Pupil premium funding enables us to retain our teaching and learning assistant hours throughout school from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage Two.
The experience and knowledge of our Teaching and Learning Assistants ensures they are used effectively in classes and in particular assist in the delivery of planned English, Mathematics, SPAG and Phonics lessons. They undertake intervention groups and work with targeted children and record and report on their progress in school under the direction of the class teacher through provision mapping. Three of our Teaching and Learning Assistants have their HLTA status and this extra knowledge and experience contributes to implementation of school's curriculum and pupils' lessons.
Higher Level Teaching Assistants
Our school has two full time higher level teaching assistants who assist in raising the attainment of children who need additional tuition and support, working with children in class and within intervention groups. They are extremely experienced and have excellent teaching skills. They enhance the curriculum in many ways. They cover teachers' planning and preparation time and this helps to ensure the delivery of consistently good lessons to children from EYFS through to Key Stage Two.
Wider Opportunities Music Partnership
Again this year we have been able to sustain our relationship with the Music Partnership by using our pupil premium funding to pay for their service. This involves instrumental tuition in school with Year 3, 4 and Year 5 children, which is currently brass and violin. Our Year 6 children are learning how to play electric and bass guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and using microphones to enhance their singing skills through the 'Ready 2 Rock' programme. These lessons take place during the school day and allow children to start learning an instrument in their school environment. The cost is subsidised by the partnership and school uses a proportion of Pupil Premium funding to enable us to continue to have expert music teachers in school every week. Wonderful concerts are performed to parents throughout the year which gives them the chance to see how much their children have learned.
One-to-one and small-group tuition
Several members of our experienced staff will be delivering one-to-one and small-group tuition to our Year 6 children from January 2020 to May 2020 in preparation for their annual SATs tests. These programmes of learning will be aimed at addressing specific gaps in the children's understanding in key areas. Higher-ability children will also receive additional tuition to enhance their learning experience and to help them achieve their potential.
53 Free School meal children @ £1320.00 per child £69,960
58 Free School Meal children @ £1320.00 per child £76,560
Our Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body continually evaluate the impact of our use of Pupil Premium through agenda items on both the Personnel and Finance Committee and the Full Governing Body meetings.