Pupil Premium Funding
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).
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 Headteachers 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
Further information about how schools are held accountable can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-effective-use-and-accountability
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.
Further information about the Pupil Premium funding can be found on the Department for Education website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium
How it is used
At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, along with other strategies, we use our pupil premium to fund additional adults to work in school and support children. This support may be through one-to-one, or small group intervention, in reading, writing and maths. Additionally, we also use the funding to develop cultural capital in all our pupils to ensure those who are disadvantaged do not miss out - this can be through funding of trips and residentials or the participation in school clubs. In the academic year 2020-21, we have also provided a set of uniform (a jumper/cardigan, tie and book bag) for all our disadvantaged pupils. This will continue into further academic years where all new starters will receive a set of uniform upon starting at our school.
Click on the link below to view our current Pupil Premium Statement for this academic year (updated 19.10.2020) 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
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Pupil Premium Statement 2020-21 (and a review of 2019-20) - please note, due to school closures in 2020, certain objectives and aims of the 2019-20 were not completely achieved and have been carried over into 2020-21. Some aims for 2020-21 have been formulated with remote learning for all pupils in mind.