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.
The premium was introduced in April 2011 with the aim of narrowing the attainment gap between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. It also includes Looked After Children and Services Children.
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, or were previously (LAC/PLAC); 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. Our school's documentation can be found below.
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:
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
DDAT's Expectations of it's schools:
Consistent with our academy's vision of 'Offering our children and young people life in all its fullness’, Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) aims to maximise the impact of pupil premium funding, while ensuring that we adhere to the government guidance: ‘Pupil Premium: funding and accountability for schools’ .
Therefore, DDAT require us to:
Main Barriers To Closing The Gap
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. We make use of this extra support for PT time in an afternoon in maths (Pre/Post Teaching Time).
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 is used by funding of trips and residentials or the participation in after school clubs.
Last year, we also provided a set of uniform (including a jumper/cardigan and tie) 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. Additionally, due to the impact of school closures and shops on the availability of places to purchase school uniform, we have also provided identified pupils with a new set of uniform on their return to school in March 2021 when school re-opened to all pupils.
Our work in school around the allocation of the Pupil Premium grant follows the following research and government guidance:
Bolsover's Pupil Premium Strategy and Statement
We are required to produce a one year statement for 2022-2023, which is attached below.
These documents include the following information:
Our Pupil Premium Leader in school is Miss Howard.
She can be contacted, via the school office, on 01246 822324 or, alternatively, by email at email@example.com.
Our named member of staff for Looked After Children (LAC) and Previous Looked After Children (PLAC) is Mrs Bailey (our Head Teacher).
Our nominated Pupil Premium governor is Mrs Alison Adair and our governor responsible for overseeing the Looked After Children in school is Mrs Pamela Hall. They both can be be communicated on the above contacts.
11 Things Your Child Should Experience Before Leaving Bolsover CE Junior School
At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, we are proud of the curriculum we provide our pupils. Along with our staff and School Council, we have created a list of 11 things we aim for all our pupils to experience before they leave our school.