What Is The Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It is designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of groups of children who have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. This means children who receive, or have received in the last 6 years, free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces, and those children in local authority care and children who are adopted. National figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for free school meals are around twice as likely not to achieve the expected standard in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where Does The Money Come From?
The funding comes direct from central Government
How Much Money Does The School Get?
2016-17 – £58,580
How Is This Decided?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently identified as being eligible for free school meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces, and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months. It also includes children who are adopted from care.
What Are Schools Required To Spend The Money On?
The money is given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
What Do We Do With The Money?
At Wansdyke School we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background.
The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and to give additional support when required. Children are certainly not singled out or stigmatised for getting some extra attention and we would never label a child in front of other children for receiving free school meals or being in care.
This funding is used for the provision and implementation of individual and small group support in literacy, maths and social skills. Wansdyke school employs 2 Higher Level Teaching Assistants (1 full time and one 0.5) to support Pupil premium across the school through whole class and small group support.
Exactly What Does This Support Consist Of At Wansdyke?
Please see attached documents for our pupil premium provision and the impact this has on the children.