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Pupil Premium

 What is Pupil Premium Funding?

•The pupil premium is funding additional to main school funding to address the current underlying inequalities between vulnerable groups of children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

•The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and it is for schools to decide how the funding will be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Children who are eligible include:

•Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years

•Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and Children who have been Adopted from Care

•Children of armed services personnel.

 

 Principles 

•Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils.

•New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those vulnerable groups of  pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

•Since September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.

•To close the achievement gap by ensuring that any pupil at risk of underachieving are identified early and support and intervention is provided for those pupils. 

Key facts

In 2014 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who have been Adopted from Care.

Our approach to supporting disadvantaged pupils

Provision

Typically, we have very low numbers of disadvantaged or looked after children. We have a relatively high number of children who qualify for the Forces Children Pupil Premium. Due to these very low numbers, some information has been omitted from the website as the children involved would be easily identified. We have discussed support for these children with parents to find an personalised provision to meet their needs.

One common theme identified was self-confidence and team building skills, as the forces children in particular have often moved several times in their short school lives. By developing their self-confidence we feel we are preparing them better for the future. Ways in which we are using the Pupil Premium Grant to address this in 2016/17 are:

Individual and group Play Therapy.

Individual Drama Therapy

Outdoor and Adventurous team building and problem solving activities.

Our total Pupil Premium Grant income is £3200 for 2016/17 from 4 service children and one adopted from Local Authority care.

We are still considering how best to use the PPG budget for 2017/18 and are in discussions with parents about this. However, it will include:

Staff training on attachment issues

Individual support with Social and Emotional issues

A similiar team building and problem solving project.

Our total Pupil Premium Grant income is £4700 for 2017/18 from 5 service children, 1 adopted from Local Authority care and 1 eligible for Free School Meals.

 

Achievement of children eligible for PPG funding

Due to the low numbers of children involved, reporting this without identifying individual children is difficult.

We have two Forces children in EYFS, two in KS1 and one child who is adopted from LA care in KS2. They are tracked separately in school, with particular attention paid when the Forces children are away from home on active duty. Broadly speaking, so as not to identify individuals, one of these children is working towards age related expectations; three are working at, or very close to, age related expectations and the other is working beyond age-related expectations.

We have had no PPG eligible children complete KS2 with us in recent years.

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