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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

 

Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?

 

Pupil Premium funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

 

  • registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
  • recently in care.
  • classed as service children (with a parent in the armed forces) at any point in the last 3 years.

 

We only receive the Pupil Premium funding if children are registered as meeting at least one of the criteria above.Therefore, we strongly urge all parents to check their eligibility for free school meals, particularly if there is a change in personal circumstances. For example, receipt of certain tax credits could make your child eligible, though there are many other ways to qualify. 

 

As well as the free school meals, your child's school (primary or secondary) will receive a set amount for at least the next 6 years to support their learning.


In the 2017/18 financial years, schools will receive:

 

  • £1320 for each eligible primary-aged pupil.
  • £935 for each eligible secondary-aged pupil.
  • £1900 for each child in care.
  • £300 for each service child.

 

Why is the Pupil Premium so important?

 

The Pupil Premium will be spent in such a way as to directly improve the attainment of qualifying children.

 
Children from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results. Attainment statistics published in January 2014 show that in 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals got 5 GCSEs, including English and Mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify.


We believe it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances. We intend to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.

How is the Pupil Premium spent?

 

Our Pupil Premium allocation for 2017/18 is £127,440 and we expect to receive a similar figure for 2018/19. This figure will be updated to reflect the precise allocation at the start of the next financial year.

 

The table below gives an approximate idea of how the grant is used to support learning and the development of children in our school. Below that, you will find further information about how we make decisions about our Pupil Premium spending, as well as how we plan for and measure the impact on those who qualify.

 

Objectives in spending Pupil Premium Grant.

 

The main objectives of the PPG funding for 2017-18 are;

 

1, To ensure that all Pupil Premium children are either exceeding or meeting age expectations in all core subjects those who are not are rapidly moving towards achieving age expectations term on term.

 

2, To target % of PP children achieving greater depth in KS1 (reading, writing, mathematics) to 20% by July 2018. In KS2 for 20% of PP children to achieve the higher standard in reading and writing. Also, ensuring that across all year groups at Caedmon at least 20% of PP children are exceeding year group expectations by the end of the year.

 

3, Ensure that all PP children have some planned enrichment activities at Caedmon. Affording opportunities that increase aspirations and motivation so education can be used to achieve social mobility.

Allocated Area of Spend

Summer Term 2017

Autumn Term 2017

Spring Term 2018

Total Spend

PPG allocated to individual pupils for enrichment, booster classes (personalisation) £2,000 £2,000 £2,000 £6,000

Teaching Assistant – Higher Ratio

£18,300

£18,300

£14,700

£51,300

Teacher and HLTA Led Interventions

£4,000

£4,000

£4,000

£12,000

Specific Interventions, inc. training for staff members e.g. The Code, Talk Boost, Success@Arithmetic

£1,000

£2,000

£2,000

£5,000

Booster Classes Reception, Y1, Y2, Y5 & Y6

£1,000

£2,000

£2,000

£5,000

Breakfast Club Staffing and Resources

£3,600

£3,600

£2,800

£10,000

Nurture Group – playtime and lunchtime

£2,800

£2,800

£2,200

£7,800

Rewards & Prizes for Raising Aspirations

£1,000

£1,000

£1,000

£3,000

Homework Clubs

£500

£500

£500

£1,500

Counselling Sessions

£4,000

£4,000

£4,000

£12,000

Access to after school clubs e.g. violin tuition

£500

£500

£500

£1,500

No charge policy for events in school

£1,000

£1,000

£1,000

£3,000

No charge policy for school trips and transport

£2,500

£2,500

£2,500

£7,500

Additional Swimming Lessons

£600

£600

£600

£1,800

Total Spend

 

£127,400

How does the Pupil Premium benefit children at Caedmon?

 

The table above gives a good overview of how the grant is allocated, although schools do have ultimate control over how to spend the money and this may change as the year progresses.

 

For example, some of the grant is allocated to increasing the number of staff available to support children, both with their learning and in providing additional services to families (such as Caedmon's free Breakfast Club).

 

Having extra staff in school also allows us to provide additional academic support - both in lessons and through booster sessions - to improve children's attainment.

How exactly might the Pupil Premium benefit my child?

 

Increased staffing has been show to have a positive impact on children's learning but the Pupil Premium grant allows us to do so much more for those children who qualify.

 

The table above does a good job of providing a simple overview yet it cannot possibly reflect the broad range of (usually highly-personalised) needs of Pupil Premium children.

 

We aim to consider the needs of the individual, particularly where there is additional funding available to help overcome any barriers to learning. Senior leaders within school allocate funding to try to anticipate potential costs over the year. Based on this, staff who are familiar with the specific children work together (supported through consultation with parents) to consider how best to help them. This is done by:

 

  • identifying any barriers to learning.
  • establishing what we want the children to achieve.
  • suggesting specific actions linked to the above (and the specific cost).
  • monitoring the impact of this each term based on available evidence.

 

We are trying to develop a more personalised system as we spend the allocated funding. As part of this, input from parents is incredibly useful. Please do not be afraid to ask about how Pupil Premium works for your child and we are always open to suggestions and feedback.

 

Can you give me a specific example?

 

Residential visits (off-site with at least one overnight stay) are already partly subsidised from the main school budget, with the remaining balance to be paid by parents/carers. The Pupil Premium grant means that there will be a further reduced charge for qualifying children for these visits. This policy will begin with the Y3/4 visit to Gibside in the summer of 2016 and will extend to all future residential visits for all year groups, with savings to Pupil Premium families likely to be around £80 per child.

 

There is also a small discretionary fund that may be used by teaching staff to buy specific resources to encourage a pupil premium child's learning outside of school. To give an idea of what this may cover, in the recent past this has included buying reading books by a favourite author and the availability of a complimentary National Trust family pass.

 

Again, we strongly urge you to check to see if your child is eligible.

How do you know that Pupil Premium is making a difference at Caedmon?

 

The progress and development of Pupil Premium children is highlighted within lesson observations by senior leaders and regularly considered by both staff and governors when looking at groups of learners within our school.

 

As well as annual planning and termly reviews, we carry out a case study for one qualifying Pupil Premium child in each year group. This goes into further detail about the child's background and barriers to learning, the desired outcomes, how the actions were chosen and the impact it had on the child.

 

To ensure confidentiality, we can't publish specific examples on our website. However, the documents below should give an idea of what this looks like. Please note, the details within are not specifically based on any children in our school and are entirely fictional.

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