What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is funding which is additional funding to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.
Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals or have been within the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of armed service personnel. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source – Department for Education website
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools from central Government but schools decide how Pupil Premium funding is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision needs to be made for the individual.
So far, Cranborne CE VA First School has received:
2012-2013 – £7,200
2013-2014 – £7,624
2014-2015 – £10,200
2015-2016 – £7,920
How many children at Cranborne First School qualify for Pupil Premium Funding?
2012-2013 – 9
2013-2014 – 10
2014-2015 – 7
2015-2016 – 6
2016-2017 – 8
At Cranborne CE VA First School:
- We aim to ensure that high quality teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our children;
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of disadvantaged children are adequately assessed and addressed;
- In making provision for disadvantaged children, we acknowledge that not all children who receive free school meals (FSM) will be disadvantaged and that not all children who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals;
- We ensure that the targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding is determined following a thorough needs analysis of all children
Our core aim, when allocating Pupil Premium Funding, is to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged children so that their performance compares favourably with non-disadvantaged peers.
Outstanding teaching and learning is paramount to the success and progress of all pupils including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This remains a consistent and relentless focus in our school. In addition to this, targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:
- improve levels of attainment and progress;
- close attainment gaps;
- enhance reading, writing, mathematics and communication skills;
- engage children in education, learning, enjoyment and aspiration;
- offer pastoral support in the form of social and emotional support;
- have a clear focus on all disadvantaged children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and more able children;
- support children in becoming aspirational, confident and successful learners