The information below outlines how we use Pupil Premium Money to support the learning opportunities of children in our school.
What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be 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. Even if a child is no longer eligible for FSM they will continue to receive funding for a further 6 years. This is called ‘Ever 6’ and forms part of the Pupil Premium Funding.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.
“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 funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
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Pupil Premium at Woodseaves CE Academy
At Woodseaves CE Academy, 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.
At Woodseaves we are constantly assessing where our children are in terms of their attainment and what they need to do next to meet their progress targets. Children of all abilities have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with an adult. Where we feel a child is falling behind or not making good progress year on year, we look at putting further appropriate support in place, specific to the individual child’s need. This may be a learning, behavioral, social or emotional need.
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. We ensure that whatever a child’s circumstances they can fully participate in the life of the school and have the same opportunities as their non FSM peers.
Our allocation of the Pupil Premium Funding and its impact.
Please download the reports for each academic year below: