What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
The grant is allocated to schools on the basis of numbers of pupils who have received free school meals (FSM) or been in the care of the Local Authority (LAC) at any time in the last six years, and children of families in the Armed Forces. Children need to be between the ages of 4 and 16 to meet the criteria.
PPG has increased from £488 in 2011-12 to £1,320 per pupil in 2016/17. During the academic year 2015/16, Idle C.E. (A) Primary School received a PPG of £44164.
The PPG is not ‘ring-fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they wish but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing to closing performance gaps between children who experience social disadvantage and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.
How is it spent?
In addition to pupils eligible for FSM, the Governors at Idle C.E. (A) Primary School have agreed that PPG should be spent on all vulnerable and/or disadvantaged pupils in school. During the academic year 2014/2015, 46 pupils were identified at school as vulnerable and in need.
Expenditure for these pupils has included amounts allocated towards:
- Early intervention for targeted pupils
- Increasing teaching assistant support aimed at targeted groups
- Providing quality, effective feedback to individual pupils by way of weekly tutorial meetings
- Support materials for the above
- Subsidies for Residential and Educational visits
- Assisted places at after school clubs
- Assisted places at enrichment activities e.g. Music lessons: Guitars/Drums/keyboards and
- Sports: football/cricket/gymnastics/dodgeball/archery/streetdance
- Parental Involvement Worker support for vulnerable families.
What is its impact on learning and social development?
The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is measured at the end of the academic year in relation to:
- Engagements in clubs and enrichment activities
- Parent participation
- Core subject progress
- Enjoyment of school
As a result strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of vulnerable pupils:
- The majority of vulnerable pupils have made at least good progress are now on track to achieve their FFTD target in reading, writing and maths.
- Most vulnerable pupils are motivated to complete their work and welcome the help of pupil mentors on a regular basis to assist them with their work.
- The large majority of vulnerable pupils now read at home regularly with the very large majority of vulnerable pupils feeling supported at home with their school work.
- All parents of vulnerable pupils now engage with school regarding their child’s learning at least each half term.
- All vulnerable pupils attend a school club and experience success, engage positively with peers and behave well.
- The attendance of vulnerable pupils has increased resulting in the vast majority of their attendance being above average.
- All vulnerable pupils in UKS2 have responsibilities around school to develop reliability, responsibility and routines.
- Almost all vulnerable pupils felt it is good to have new challenges.