Our School - Pupil Premium
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The information below outlines how we use the Pupil Premium Money to support the learning of children in our school.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The National Picture:
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures showed that 11 year olds who were eligible for Free School Meals were around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where Does the Money Come From?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website). The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent. For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium
Pupil Premium at Wood End Primary School
At Wood End Primary School, we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievement of our pupils on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background. Pupils work with a teacher and member of support staff for their English, Maths and Reading lessons. Smaller group intervention and booster work takes place throughout the day in groups of different sizes, with different adults, undertaking interventions specific to need. Children of all abilities have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with an adult as need arises.
The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and to give additional support when required, for as long as is required.. Children are certainly not singled out or stigmatised for getting some extra attention and we would never label a child in front of other children for receiving free school meals or being in care.