Each year we receive an amount of money called the Pupil Premium. The amount we get is based on the number of children that we have that claim Free School Meals (FSM).
The purpose of the money is to “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.”
In our school we have a low percentage of pupils who are eligible for FSM and this is reflected in the amount of funding we get. This makes it even more important to target it carefully.
In 2019/ 2020 we will allocate funds to the following areas:
Provide nurture/ support for identified children with emotional and anxiety issues through providing Teaching Assistants trained to deliver the Listening Ear and Bereavement counselling etc. Further develop the inclusion room to provide a safe, welcoming environment. Teaching Assistants to provide support – Listening Ear etc.
Employ a staff to provide a programme of support both within class and in identified small groups. These will both support areas of learning where pupils may be in danger of falling behind and also pre-teaching areas to improve pupil confidence and opportunities.
Increased participation. Providing wider opportunities to identified pupils to participate in extra curricular activities, including:
- Children’s University
- Minibus to provide transport to activities
- Access to School Trips
- French trip support for pupils
- Year 4 Residential & coach
- Opportunities for sports clubs etc
Family support. Provide access to Family support worker, parenting classes etc for families who request support.
Family support materials to be borrowed by parents.
Support children by funding the cost of the 1:1 iPad scheme.
Continue increased release time for Inclusion Manager to allow further support for teachers/TAs in meeting the needs of identified pupils.
Continue to provide PA support to SENCO – allows more time to be spent with children, ensures external support is contacted sooner, establishes good contact with parents.
Provide specific TA support to PPG children, allocated on a needs analysis basis.
Continue with the enhanced transition programme to high school for vulnerable pupils.
A summary of how we have used Pupil Premium in previous years and its impact can be seen below.