Pupil Premium Funding – what is it?
The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils who come from backgrounds that might be deemed to be disadvantaged. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils so they may reach their potential.
Eligibility for the Pupil Premium from April 2012 is for any pupil who has been entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years. In addition, pupils who are “looked after” by the authority (LAC) or whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces are also entitled to the premium.
From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their settings.
Evaluation of the use of Pupil Premium funding
Governors monitor the use of the Pupil Premium funding closely, as well as the outcomes for those children in order to assess the impact of current provision. There is no requirement to report online on the progress of individual children when the number is small. In publicly reporting on the use and impact of the pupil premium schools need to observe the Data Protection Act of 2018 (which applies the EU’s GDPR standards) to ensure that individuals or groups of individuals cannot be identified. This is reviewed annually at the start of each financial year (April).
Pupil Premium funding for 2020/2021
The Pupil Premium funding for 2020/2021 based on the needs of 3 children is £7035 (3x £2345). This is how we have used the funding:
|Outside support agencies
|Resources e.g. spell checkers, reading books
|Additional teaching assistant hours for interventions, learning support and pastoral support
|Lexia reading program