What is the Pupil Premium?
It is a sum of money given to the school each year to narrow attainment gaps between pupils from low income families and their peers. It aims to provide significant funding for disadvantaged children to help close the attainment gap.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to the school and is generated by children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings as well as children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
How much is it?
The level of the premium in 2012-13 is £600 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. This will be increasing to £900 for the academic year 2013-14.
What should it be used for?
The Pupil Premium has been targeted at pupils from low income homes using known eligibility for free school meals (FSM) as a proxy, since all the evidence and facts make it abundantly clear that poverty is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances. Starting in April 2012 the Government widened the coverage of the Premium to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.
The Government requires schools, from September 2012, to publish online details of how they have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium.
At Westgate Primary School
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially/emotionally disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. The majority of any group will be made up of pupils eligible for FSM.
How will the money be used at Westgate Primary School?
At Westgate Primary School we look at how the money is best spent by considering the individual needs of each child. There are a broad range of uses for the money, but when we consider how best it is to be used, the only criteria is that it must support the school in raising the child’s academic achievement so that they are at least in line with their peers.
The range of provision the Governors may consider making for this group could include:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps in learning support
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through Welfare Assistant, trained TAs or external agencies
- Additional support in the Early Years for early intervention programmes
- Intervention Co-ordinator
- Enriching curriculum activities, e.g. theatre trips to enhance our topic approach curriculum
- Funding for counseling and well-being programmes
- Technology to support accessing the curriculum
- Pupil premium resources may be used to target able children on FSM to achieve L3/5
Regular reports will be provided to the Governing body in relation to Pupil Premium expenditure and impact.
At the end of the academic year, the Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents, published on the school’s website, on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issues of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This will be undertaken within the requirements published by the Department for Education.
It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher or a delegated member of staff to include information in the annual report to Governors.
The report will include:
- Information relating to how the funding was allocated and spent
- The objective and outcome of the provision
- A statement about the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils