What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative designed to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their more economically advantaged peers. The additional funding is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
At The Bawburgh School, the Pupil Premium allocation is used to target support for vulnerable groups including Children Looked After, and children who are on the Free School Meals register at the start of the academic year. We target particular support to those children whose progress is not on track, using our Pupil Progress data to support this.
A number of interventions/support systems are used to ensure individual needs are effectively met, with the aim of accelerating progress.
- To close the gap in attainment for vulnerable groups of children
- To ensure that all pupils in receipt of pupil premium make at least expected progress
- To ensure that progress is accelerated for those pupils in receipt of pupil premium
- To enrich the curriculum and provide experiences to enhance progress in academic, social and emotional development
“Pupil premium funding is used well to support those pupils for whom it is intended and, as a result, the progress they make in English and mathematics is as good as, and sometimes better than, that of their classmates.”
The number of pupils who meet Pupil Premium criteria has risen. In 2015-2016, 17 children were eligible for funding. Support was tailored to those pupils who both met the criteria and required additional support to achieve their potential. Pupil progress data was key in our decision making process.
Pupil Premium funding was also be used to provide enrichment activities to ensure that learning continued to be rich and cross curricular. Pupils were provided with opportunities they would otherwise not have experienced.
A detailed report on impact of use of Pupil Premium is presented to the full governing body on an annual basis. In summary the impacts noted in 2015-2016 were:
- School attainment data showed a closing gap in attainment, with those eligible for free school meals making similar or better progress than national
- Accelerated progress within targeted aspects of the curriculum
- Increased levels of engagement
- Improved social skills