The Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced in April 2011 to tackle ‘educational inequality’ by raising achievement and improving outcomes for children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals, looked after children (i.e. pupils in care) and pupils with parents in the Armed Forces with the addition of adopted children from 2014.
The additional funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that still exists between pupils from disadvantages and more affluent backgrounds.
Schools have the freedom to spend the PP in any way that they think will best support the raising of achievement for their children. The impact of the school’s decisions is closely monitored by the Governing Body in relation to the progress the identified children make throughout the school year and year-on-year. In addition, OFSTED hold the school to account for the progress that PP children make.
The Pupil Premium allocation is used to support the progress of those specific children for whom the money is received. Targeted support may be in the form of 1 to 1, or small group support from a teacher or Learning Support Partner either during the school day or after school or working with our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. The allocation may also be used to purchase specific resources, for example a laptop, after school clubs and music tuition as well as some support towards residential or other educational visits.
The progress of children receiving Pupil Premium is tracked closely and interventions are put in place if necessary.
Impact of the funding
Individual and small group sessions with a teacher or LSP enable more time to be spend working on specific educational targets. Consolidation of key skills or pre-teaching lead to improved rates of progress for individual children.
ELSA provision has enabled children to develop their social and emotional skills whilst developing their self-esteem. This has had a positive effect on their learning within their class.
Purchase of specific resources eg a laptop has enabled internet research and home learning to be completed at home.
Funding of after school clubs and music tuition has enabled children to access a wider range of clubs and develop skills and talents in a way that would not usually have been affordable. Not only does this develop their skills in specific areas but also leads to increased self-esteem which has a positive effect on learning.
Funding support towards the residential visit and other educational visits removes financial pressure from families as well as enabling the children to take part in experiences that they may otherwise not have been able to afford.
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