Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
The following is a summary of the Purpose of the Pupil Premium:
- 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
- In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. 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.
- For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
- Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools were also required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
- The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Pupil Premium FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Strategies to Improve Learning:
Research has shown that the most effective strategies for improving pupil performance do not lie in simply reducing class sizes or hiring more teaching assistants.
Instead, improvement comes from:
“... proven classroom approaches – providing effective feedback on pupils' performance, encouraging pupils to think about their own learning strategies, and getting pupils to learn from each other.”
Successful learning strategies:
Strategies that have been found to improve learning most dramatically (starting with the most cost-effective) include:
- Effective feedback
- Meta-cognition and self-regulation strategies
- Peer tutoring/peer-assisted learning
- Early intervention
- One-to-one tutoring
- Assessment for learning
- Parental involvement
- Sports participation
- After school programmes
- Individualised instruction
MONITORING THE IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM
Monitoring the impact of our interventions, funded by the Pupil Premium, is an essential aspect of our Action Plan, which must be seen as a working document, subject to change and improvement as we move through the year