What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium Funding was introduced by the Government in April 2011 with £625 million allocated to Local Authorities; this was increased to £1.25 billion in April 2012. The amount of Pupil Premium Funding allocated to a school is dependent upon the number of pupils eligible to receive free school Meals (FSM). Pupil Premium Funding is also allocated for children who have parents currently serving in the Armed Forces and children who are looked after (LAC).
The Government believes that Pupil Premium which is in addition to main school funding is the best way to address underlying inequalities between those pupils eligible for FSM and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most .The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012/13 would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.
How is the Pupil Premium used?
Schools will be free to spend the additional funding as they choose to raise the achievement of these disadvantaged pupils. However the Department for Education says:
"Whilst schools will be free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support deprived pupils."
How well are Pupil Premium pupils doing at Walpole Cross Keys?
We are proud of the achievements of our Pupil Premium children because they prove that the hard work is paying off and that the financial investment has had an impact on our children’s progress. Additionally, where children have had access to the Pupil Premium money for a longer period of time and/or have been settled in the school, the results are often even more pleasing. (Please see the data tables for a more in depth picture of how our data looks for these children)
How will the Pupil Premium be used at Walpole Cross Keys?
The school has chosen a strategy that promotes attainment by providing opportunities and experiences that have a high impact, together with measurable outcomes. We have spent the Pupil Premium in the following ways:
- Additional Teaching Assistant hours to enable targeted support
- Staff training (including Behaviour support training, PHSCE training)
- 1:1 support for children identified as being at risk of not making expected progress
- Additional out-of-school support in order to promote self-esteem, confidence and positivity towards learning
- Release time for the SENDCo
- Release time for new Headteacher to ensure that Data analysis ensures that we are continuing to ‘Close the gaps’
- In line with the school’s Charging policy, additional money towards school trips and residentials thereby ensuring full and equitable access to the school’s entitlement curriculum