The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers. These include pupils who have been entitled to free school meals at any point in the past six years, those looked after by the Local Authority and the children of armed service personnel.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used and the impact.
Funding for financial year 2018 to 2019
In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding: :
- £1,320 for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
- £300 for pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
- £2300 for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
The Pupil Premium funding is used as follows:
- Additional time with a teaching assistant in class, either individually or as part of a group, in order to provide support to make the expected progress in their learning;
- Participation in intervention programmes out of class, organised by the SEN Intervention TA, e.g. spelling, reading, social skills;
- To provide one-to-one tuition for some pupils;
- To provide experiences and enrichment activities in order to broaden horizons, e.g. residential visits, theatre trips, music lessons;
- Extra support to facilitate emotional development and build confidence and self-esteem;
- Extra learning resources and training to support the delivery of intervention programmes.
The progress and attainment for individual children is tracked and monitored carefully to ensure they achieve their full potential.