Pupil Premium – Information for parents
Pupil Premium funding is additional to main school funding. It was introduced in April 2011 and was allocated to schools based on the number of pupils registered for free school meals (FSM), including those who had been registered at any point in the previous six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
From September 2014, all Foundation Stage 2 and Key Stage 1 children can enjoy a free school meal. For parents and carers who receive the benefits listed in the information leaflet below, the additional Pupil Premium funding is still available to school. We ask you to complete a very short online form in order to register for this.
Schools also receive funding for children who:
The Government believes that Head Teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium to best meet the needs of the school community, based upon their knowledge of pupil needs and from other sources of advice, including DfE published findings on effective ways to provide support. The intended aim is to ‘diminish the difference’ between vulnerable or disadvantaged children and those above the low-income threshold. Schools are, however, accountable for the decisions they make through the performance tables which show the performance of vulnerable pupils compared with their peers and the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium funding.
It is also a requirement that annual reports are published on the school’s website.
Here at Boyne Hill, we analyse the needs of all our children to identify priority groups and individuals and strive to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
We work hard to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups and this includes ensuring that the needs of vulnerable pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for vulnerable or disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who generate Pupil Premium funding are underachieving. We also recognise that not all pupils who are vulnerable or disadvantaged are registered for or qualify for this funding.
The funding received is spent to provide academic support to boost attainment, emotional or behavioural support to boost well-being and self-esteem or as a means by which pupils’ learning and/or experiences in education may be enriched. Some children will work with an adult on a 1:1 basis and some in a small learning intervention group.
Our support programme includes:
Speech and Language Therapy support
ABC to Read support
Fine motor development
Social inclusion via:
Emotional Literacy support through the ELSA programme
Lunch Club/nurture support
One fully funded lunchtime activity per term for children in Year 1 and 2
Payment for educational trips and visits
Other areas specific to individual need
Monitoring the impact of Pupil Premium spending
The school has in place, tracking systems to monitor the impact of Pupil Premium spending. This is a developing data tracker that will show impact over time.
The attached Ofsted School Data Dashboard documents shows the attainment of our vulnerable or ‘disadvantaged’ pupils compared to other pupils at the end of KS1.
For information on the impact of Pupil Premium spending, please see the attached reports.