The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is allocated by central Government to raise the attainment and to support the progress of disadvantaged children. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are required to publish a strategy for the school’s use of the Pupil Premium. This includes:
- details about a school’s Pupil Premium Grant allocation
- a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school
- how a school plans to spend the Pupil Premium to address those barriers and reasons for that approach
- how a school plans to measure the impact of the Pupil Premium
- the date of the next review of the Pupil Premium strategy.
Ofsted inspections report on how a school’s use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Schools are held to account through performance tables, which include data on:
- the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- the progress made by these pupils
- the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
In the 2020-21 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,345 for pupils in primary schools.
Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil identified as having left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order.
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,345 rate.
At Avening Primary School we support all of our pupils – academically, socially and emotionally – and we have high expectations of our pupils regardless of their backgrounds. We believe that with the right support and encouragement, all children can progress and achieve well at our school. We do this by providing high quality teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners to ‘close the gap’ in their achievement as and when required. Intervention may support social or emotional needs, as well as academic. We also ensure that there are no financial barriers to learning, so that all children have full access to the wider curriculum – including trips, residential trips, clubs, Forest School classes, school uniform, breakfast or after school club, and music tuition. Where there are concerns about a child’s progress or well-being, the School works closely with a range of professions, including from Early Help, social workers, the educational psychologist, behaviour support consultants, the school nurse and the Advisory Teaching Service to improve outcomes further. The Head Teacher and the Governing Body monitors the impact of all spending and interventions, including the use of the Pupil Premium grant and are aware of the recommendations made by the Education Endowment Foundation with regard to best use of the funding.
Our broad priorities for supporting pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant are:
- To ensure that all disadvantaged children make rapid progress through the school, including those with special educational needs, from their typically lower starting points to close the gap against their peers. This includes ensuring that all disadvantaged children with mid or high prior attainment meet age-expected or better attainment.
- To support the well-being of all disadvantaged children so that they are emotionally ready to learn in school.
- To provide full access to the wider curriculum by ensuring that the expense of trips, residential trips, musical tuition, and other financial costs such as uniform and breakfast or after school clubs, do not exclude disadvantaged children.