Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to address the gap in outcomes between children receiving free school meals (FSM), and for children who have been continuously in care for more than six months, and their more advantaged peers.
Class teachers, subject leaders and raising achievement teachers are all aware of which children are eligible for Pupil Premium and monitor their progress carefully. The senior leadership team analyses the difference Pupil Premium funding is making to the outcomes for pupils.
The government believes that schools should decide how the pupil premium is allocated and spent, since it is felt that they are best placed to analyse and decide what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. From September 2012 schools have been required to publish on line information about how they have used the Premium. This is to ensure that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of the pupils covered.
We use a wide range of strategies to support children and families; our aim is to remove barriers to learning and narrow the gap in attainment between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others. Approximately 23% of Stoneydown pupils are currently eligible for Pupil Premium.
High quality class teaching is our expectation for all our pupils. We understand the importance of ensuring that all day-to-day teaching meets the needs of each learner and recognise that pupils’ learning is enhanced when they are provided with constructive feedback on how to improve which is a key feature of our Learning and Teaching and Marking and Feedback policies. We have a robust performance management system for all staff, and the progress made by pupils eligible for Pupil Premium is a focus at all levels.
We do not confuse eligibility for the Pupil Premium with low ability but focus on supporting our disadvantaged pupils to achieve the highest levels, whatever their starting point. We draw on research evidence (such as the Sutton Trust toolkit) and evidence from our own and others’ experience to allocate the funding to the activities that are most likely to have an impact on improving achievement. Achievement data is carefully monitored to confirm that interventions or techniques are working and, if necessary, adjustments are made. Along with smaller group teaching and individual support, many children are offered before and after-school tuition so this is in addition to the support received during lesson time.
We provide targeted support to improve attendance, behaviour and links with families in order to reduce barriers to a pupil’s learning. The individualised care, guidance and support pupils receive across the school is a long-standing strength of the school.
In the financial year 2018-19, the school received a pupil premium payment of £127,201.76. This was used to provide a wide range of targeted support including:
- Small intervention groups
- Additional support in class
- 1:1 tuition
- Shine Saturday school
- Family support for vulnerable pupils
Pupil Premium and Free School Meals: an update for all our parents
The Pupil Premium means that the school will receive additional funds for children who are eligible to receive free school meals. Therefore if you think your child might be entitled to free school meals, it will help the school enormously if you register by completing the application form attached and returning it to the school office along with the required evidence as listed on the form. Please do this even if you do not intend your child to have school meals.
You are entitled to Free School Meals if you are in receipts of Income Support, an Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, an Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit (only if you do not receive Working Tax Credit), Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit, National Asylum Support Service.