The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, 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.
Pupil Premium at Barnack
At Barnack CE Primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with other school resources help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
Information to be Published to Parents
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their 'PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY.' This should include:
2. The current academic year: (2018-2019)
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a wide range of additional support for our children including specific teaching interventions, which, along with quality first teaching are designed to raise the academic achievement of eligible children.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group support throughout the school. These interventions support children in specific areas and enable them to know where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.
We recognise that academic achievement is vitally important however we believe that for children to reach their potential we should support and develop the whole child. We therefore support the attendance, engagement, health, welfare and inclusivity of eligible pupils through our use of Pupil Premium funding.
Part of our role in ensuring best value for our use of funding is in monitoring attendance, attainment and progress of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Barnack, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
In addition the data relating to children eligible for pupil premium will be reviewed separately by a member of Senior Leadership, Inclusion Lead (Mrs White), the Pupil Premium Champion (Mrs Durham) and our dedicated Pupil Premium Governor (Mrs Sargent). As the academic year progresses the school will review its funding, children's eligibility and the impact of actions taken; it may then adjust how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next term. When selecting pupils for intervention groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school, there will be some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will also benefit from this support and if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
The Pupil Premium Champion will maintain an oversight of the needs, provision and progress of eligible children. She will ensure that interventions and additional provision are closely monitored to assess their impact and effectiveness, support and advice other staff, work directly with eligible children and provide additional opportunities for parents and carers to meet and discuss their children.
Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item on the governors’ School Standards Committee.
We would encourage all parent to regularly consider whether they are eligible for Free School Meals. If your child becomes eligible even for a very short period this secures Pupil Premium Funding for your child for the following 6 years. If you have any queries regarding elibility do not hesitate to contact the school office for advice and support.
Advantages of Eligibility
Obviously those children currently eligible for FSM receive all school meals for free, but in addition children who all eligible for pupil premium also typically receive:
We support parents and children in a sensitive, considerate and and understanding manner. We recognise the diversity of needs across the school and will always endeavour to tailor support appropriately.
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the School.