What is Pupil Premium and what is it for?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities, and to close the gaps between them and their peers. At Red Hill Field Primary School we aim to deploy the Pupil Premium funding to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential regardless of their social situation.Sir John Dunford (former Pupil Premium Champion for the Government) states:
Underpinning the process, schools should focus on the quality of teaching. There is solid evidence that poor teaching disproportionately disadvantages deprived children. Equally, evidence tells us that excellent teaching disproportionately benefits them. So high quality teaching must be at the core of all pupil premium work. It follows that it is legitimate to spend PP funding on raising the quality of teaching.
Despite what many think, this is not an individualised budget and each school should decide how the money is spent.
Funding for financial year 2018 to 2019:
In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as follows:
- Pupil in year group reception to year 6 recorded as ever 6 free school meals (FSM) – £1320
- Looked after children (LAC) - £2300
- Post LAC - £2300
At Red Hill Field Primary School, funding is allocated based on 20 eligible pupils as published in the 2018 January Census.
Total funding for this academic year is £26,400
How we aim to reduce barriers to educational achievement:
The main aim of our Pupil Premium spending is to ensure that disadvantaged pupils are provided with effective teaching and support, that allows them all to make good or better progress and narrow the attainment gap. Some pupils may not be at the expected standard for their age which impacts on their ability to access the curriculum effectively. We aim for all children to be in receipt of high quality teaching in order for them to develop the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they require for academic success. Other barriers for some of our pupils may include financial constraints in accessing a wide range of cultural experience. We are also keen to monitor pupil well-being and ensure that emotional support is provided if needed, as we are aware that emotional difficulties can impact on a child’s academic progress.
How we plan to spend this year funding:
- £2280 – Core Curriculum Intervention (PIXL)
- £3000 – Individual Financial Support including uniform and trips
- £4000 – Specialist resources to support targeted interventions
- £17,120 – Targeted intervention through additional staffing and Forest School Project
How we will measure the effect:
- By using assessment data to evaluate academic progress following interventions
- By evaluation of a range of qualitative data relating to pupil well-being and curriculum enrichment provision
Date of next strategy review:
Pupil Premium 2017-18
You can view information on how we spent funding last academic year here.