Pupil Premium Funding
Pupil premium is additional funding, from the government, provided to schools for supporting more pupils from low income families to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium:
•Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
•Looked after children
•Armed forces children
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils for whom they are responsible. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools with pupils on roll in January 2013 that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
At Downfield Primary all our staff and governors understand that we have pupils who are socially disadvantaged and we are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.
- We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils;
- We seek to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
The range of provision the staff and Governors consider making for this group include:
- Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective teaching and accelerating progress;
- Providing 1-1 and small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps in learning;
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through key workers, trained TAs or external agencies;
- The majority of our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations across all areas of the curriculum
- In addition, the school recognises that the wider curriculum supports and enriches children’s development across the curriculum, and therefore funding will also be allocated to enable children to participate fully and actively in wider and extra-curricular activities
- Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on Free School Meals to achieve Levels 3, 5 or 6
To see how the Pupil Premium Funding was spent in the academic year 2015 – 2016 using the provisions as identified in the schools policy please click here.
To see how the Pupil Premium Funding was spent in the academic year 2014 – 2015 using the provisions as identified in the schools policy please click here.
2016-2017 Pupil Premium currently being updated.