Definition of Pupil Premium
“The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012-2013 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure). Schools are also receiving funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of the service personnel.”
The premium will be worth £935.
£1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MOD.
Pupil Premium funding is given to schools in addition to main school funding. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium in any way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most disadvantaged pupils.
Pupil Premium is not ring fenced, it is not distributed as a child by child basis and the school has full autonomy on how they chose to spend the money. Therefore, Pupil Premium funds can be used in a variety of interventions personalised to the needs of pupils.
At Frances Bardsley Academy, we ensure that our Pupil Premium funding is used to provide inclusive learning opportunities and experiences to raise attainment for and the aspirations of our pupils. As part of our vigorous and robust tracking and monitoring procedures, pupils who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding are tracked to ensure they are making at least expected progress, with appropriate interventions identified to sustain this.
All of our interventions are evidence informed. They are based on our own research and several key research documents such as:
The Sutton Trust:
The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The Toolkit currently covers over 30 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost. It has been recommended by the Department of Education, Ofsted and the headteachers’ associations as a valuable resource in prioritising pupil premium spending. More than half of secondary school leaders now say they use the Toolkit.
The Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit:
The Education Endowment Foundation is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children and young people from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. We fund rigorous evaluations of innovative projects aiming to raise pupils' attainment. We do this to find out what's most likely to work effectively and cost-effective, and to put that into action across the country.
Each year we review the impact of how the Pupil Premium grant was spent.
For more information published by the Government on these schemes, click here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings
For more information and apply for Free School Meal, click here: http://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Free-School-Meals.aspx
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