The government introduced Pupil Premium funding with the aim of increasing social mobility, reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally and enabling more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend top universities.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving FSM will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.
Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to schools, based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as any child who is known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. It also includes children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
This year Lostwithiel School received £41,500. With the funding we try to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the children to help them make or exceed expected progress. 24 of the children at our school currently qualify for Pupil Premium funding. This is 16% of our cohort. Historically, we have had around 23% pupil premium children. Children in receipt of pupil premium are monitored by their class teacher, the new Pupil Premium Key Worker and the Senior Leadership team through pupil progress meetings and careful monitoring.
Our PP provision includes additional one-to-one tuition and small group tuition; these are provided by the class teacher or a teaching assistant (under the guidance of the class teacher) during school times and also, sometimes, after school hours. The funds have enabled teachers to focus on disadvantaged children in lessons by providing extra teaching assistant support in the classroom. The funds have enabled the school to invest in classroom monitor, a system to track disadvantaged children and monitor their rate of progress against their peers in school and also nationally. Lostwithiel School has also invested in the RWI phonics programme that will enable teachers to pin point gaps to target intervention for disadvantaged children who have not passed the year 1 phonics screening.
The PP funding has enabled disadvantaged children to participate in enrichment activities such as sailing and music lessons at a reduced rate. Sports kits have been subsidised to allow disadvantaged pupils to participate fully in the life of the school. Funding has enabled some disadvantaged children to participate in other learning events such as additional forest school activities which they would otherwise have missed. The PP funding has been targeted to allow disadvantaged pupils to broaden and deepen their life experiences throughout the year at school.
Please see the pupil premium report below to see the impact of pupil premium funding in 2105-2016 and how pupil premium will be allocated in 2016-2017.