What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The Pupil Premium is ‘additional’ to main school funding. The Pupil Premium targets extra money towards identified groups of children to close the attainment gap between children for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding and those for whom we do not.
The identified groups of children for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding consist of:
- Children from low-income families who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
- Children who have been adopted.
- Children whose parent/parents work in the armed forces.
- Children who have been looked after within Local Authority care continuously for more than six months.
The Pupil Premium funding is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential. It is up to individual schools how best to allocate this funding. It is important that as a school we can measure the impact of this funding upon attainment and progress and how it made a difference for individual children.
Some of our key priorities are:
- To increase the proportion of Pupil Premium children who meet and exceed age related expectations at KS1 and KS2, and focus on ‘Narrowing the Attainment Gap’ between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.
- To increase the proportion of disadvantaged pupils who meet and exceed a good level of development at the end of foundation stage/Reception.
- To raise the attainment of disadvantaged children so that as a school the attainment gap in school compared to national data is narrowed.
Monies are allocated to ensure that as a school we are able to:
- Facilitate pupils’ access to high quality teaching and learning.
- Secure pupils’ access to the curriculum, including wider curriculum.
- Provide additional teaching and learning opportunities e.g. through employing additional staff.
- Explore alternative support and intervention; such as accessing outside agencies through buying into Local Authority Service Level Agreements.
Our Values and Principles
As with every child in our care, a child eligible for Pupil Premium is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/ her full potential, irrespective of need.
We do not base our decisions as to whether a child receives extra support based solely upon whether a child is in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. We need to accelerate the progress of all children ensuring that intervention is available at the point of need.
Shotton Primary School endeavours to use the available resources to employ strategies which will support pupils to increase their attainment. This is so that:
- Progress is accelerated.
- Children can more readily access the next steps in their learning.
- Learning is moved on quickly across a progressive sequence of lessons.