The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school’s budget and is based on the number of children eligible for free school meals (FSM), Children Looked After (CLA) and for those children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces.
Research carried out by the Sutton Trust – EEF teaching and learning toolkit outlines 30 different strategies implemented in schools and summarises their impact on attainment. ‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil 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
From September 2012 children who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) are entitled to a Pupil Premium Grant for six years after their initial allocation of FSM. This has a considerable impact on the number of pupils eligible and the funding available. For children in Years R, 1 & 2 in September 2015/16 the new Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) entitles them to a funded meal but parents in receipt of certain benefits are still encouraged to apply for the Free School Meal funding to ensure that their child gets the support they deserve.
At Goat Lees Primary School our aims are:
- To ensure that high quality teaching and learning meets the needs of all pupils.
- To 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.
- To recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered for Free School Meals therefore Goat Lees Primary School will use its professional judgement to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or groups of pupils the school has identified as being disadvantaged.
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Therefore it may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
‘High quality teaching must be at the core of all pupil premium work.’ Sir John Dunford, National Pupil Premium Champion 2015
The biggest impact on a pupil’s learning comes from quality first teaching and learning from well qualified and trained staff. Staff Continued Professional Development helps to support this. John Dunford states it is important for schools to ‘keep their focus relentlessly on the quality of teaching and learning in school.’
Teresa Adams Andrea deRoeck
Headteacher Deputy Headteacher