The Pupil Premium, introduced in April 2011, is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between these children and their peers.
Schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in Reception Year to Year 6
- £935 for pupils in Year 7 to Year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Pupil Premium at Long Buckby Infant School
Long Buckby Infant School currently has 13 pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium, which equates to approximately 10% of pupils on roll.
There are a variety of strategies in place to support pupils, with most funding being directed towards one-to-one and additional Teaching Assistant support for disadvantaged pupils. We feel this strategy is of most benefit to our pupils as a concerted focus on key skills, alongside individualised pastoral support, will help pupils to thrive, both in school and in wider life as they mature.
The main barriers to learning for our disadvantaged pupils include minimal parental engagement in some cases, and social/emotional issues in some cases. In addition, the marked contrast socio-economically between children who all live in the same village can be a barrier.
Additional financial support is given to help parents pay for school trips and school uniform to ensure disadvantaged pupils receive the same provision as other pupils, and to help raise their self-esteem. Funding is also provided for extra-curricular activities, such as multi skills.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)
The impact of our Pupil Premium spend is measured by analysis of academic attainment outcomes for pupils, compared with others in the same cohort, together with comparisons of the progress achieved. In addition, more qualitative assessment is made of the social and emotional progress made by individual children, to help show the difference we have made.
The school’s pupil premium action plan will be reviewed in March 2018 when the school is looking to set a budget for the next financial year. The impact of the pupil premium action plan will be reviewed in September 2018.
For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium
At Long Buckby Infant 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.
We are well staffed at Long Buckby Infant School and children in all year groups learn in classes where the staff team includes a teacher and support staff. Children are familiar with working in groups of different sizes, at different times of the day, with different adults. Children of all abilities have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with an adult. Within this type of organisation, we do give children extra support when they need it.
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 for receiving free school meals or being in care.
Our allocation for Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
Please download and read the documents below to find out how we spend our Pupil Premium Grant.