What is it?
Pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been Looked After continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Why has it been introduced?
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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
How Much Funding Does River Primary School receive?
The allocation of Pupil Premium funding for 2017-18 is £74,120
How Does The School Spend This Money?
We utilise strategies from 'Narrowing the Gap' and the Sutton Trust tool-kit, that have been researched and analysed extensively, to inform us of the best ways to use this money with positive impact.
We monitor levels of progress and attainment for all children very carefully. Where children would benefit from additional support to boost their learning, this funding can add to the direct learning opportunities that we are able to offer. The funding is used on a priority basis to support any child who needs it in order to achieve at least the national age related expectations. Funding primarily supports the acquisition of skills in English and Maths.
Summary of spending and actions taken in 2016/17:
· Provision of free school meals
· Small Group and 1:1 tuition has been provided by our team of Pupil Premium teachers in collaboration with teachers, with some very positive results.
· Teaching Assistant [TA] training and development has ensured that TA led interventions secure good pupil progress and embed effective teaching and learning.
· Some teaching Assistants are part funded by Pupil Premium to provide additional tailored support, specifically with speech and language development and the acquisition of phonic skills.
· The approach called ‘Better Reading Partnerships’ is led by teaching assistants to provide further opportunities for early reading development.
· The school allocates a proportion of 'Our Choice' funding, which enables us to provide support for wider learning and opportunities for all eligible children, including those who are not at risk either of underachievement or slow progress. This supports with such things as educational visits, music tuition and purchase of musical instruments for children.
The impact of this provision for 2016/17 was:
1. Improved rates of progress and raised attainment for identified individuals and groups
2. Improved levels of confidence in the child's approach to learning enabling them to build on their new skills or understanding
3. Improved levels of independence in the classroom
4. Greater willingness and confidence to talk about learning and what the child wants to learn next.
5. Pastoral support ensures readiness to learn.