What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on: children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6); children that are in care or adopted (LAC); and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (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 disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish this online along with the impact.
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 by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Government believes that Head Teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium funding. 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 Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the reports for parents that schools now have to publish online
In most cases, the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who is eligible. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, the local authority decides how to allocate the Pupil Premium. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
How it is used
At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, we use our pupil premium to fund additional adults to work in school and support children. This support may be through 1-1 or small group intervention in reading, writing and maths. By using pupil premium we are able to ensure that pupils reach their potential and meet their targets.
Our Pupil Premium Leader in school is Mr Backhouse who can be contacted via the school office on 01246 822324.
For the academic year September 2018 to July 2019 our school will receive £127,620 of Pupil Premium funding. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is 33% (with the national percentage currently at 26%). Therefore, we have a higher than national number of disadvantaged pupils within school.
Click on the link below to view the Pupil Premium Strategy for this academic year which includes:
- the current allocation of funding for this academic year
- a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by those eligible within school
- how the funding will be spent (including evidence and research to support this decision)
- a review of the previous year's spending along with the impact on the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and the difference it made
- a date of the next review of the strategy