The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers be ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils that need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools also receive funding for Looked After Children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months (fostered etc) and children of service personnel.
The government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupils groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
- the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online.
Chollerton First School’s Aims
- We will ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils and in particular those identified as being eligible for pupil premium.
- In making provision for those entitled to pupil premium, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We ensure that all pupils receiving pupil premium benefit from the funding, not just those children who are under-performing or of a lower ability.
In 2016/2017 we received £1320 Pupil Premium funding, which was used to employ a Classroom Assistant to support learning for the pupil premium child and others working in the classroom, enabling the provision of specialist language and mathematical groups.
Impact of Pupil Premium
This has enabled the pupil premium child to access the Key Stage 2 curriculum and work at Age Related Expectations throughout the academic year. This has resulted in the child being Secure in Maths, Writing and Reading, achieved due to intervention by the classroom assistant regarding Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.
In 2017/2018, we will receive £3400 Pupil Premium funding. A classroom assistant is employed for 2 1/2 hours per week to support the child with literacy and mathematical activities enabling the child to develop concepts in these 2 areas.
Support is also provided to the child by employing a classroom assistant to work with the child one to one to ensure speech / sound pronunciation are correct and model social skills by providing play therapy sessions. This support will enable the child to socially interact appropriately and to improve personal development on the EYFS curriculum.
How can parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium Scheme?
If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they're not going to have a school lunch or Your child is in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 at present. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximize the support we can provide.
More information can be found below at the Northumberland County Council Website - see link below