What is Pupil Premium?
The 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 those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
This is one of the former coalition government’s key education policies, 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 for FSM.
Schools receive a grant, or Pupil Premium, for each child who is confirmed as eligible.
The Service Premium gives schools extra funding to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the spouse is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
The Department for Education believes that schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. 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.
At Kingsway Primary School, we are passionate about supporting all children to make the best possible progress in all areas of their lives. We understand that the quality of teaching, providing additional learning support and removing barriers to effective learning are key strands in achieving this.
We make effective use of research combined with a detailed knowledge and analysis of our own context to equalise and maximise the opportunities and progress of all our children, particularly those experience disadvantage.
Our existing support strategies have a clear impact upon pupil progress:
a structured, coherent and progressive curriculum that focuses on the development of communication and language
training for staff on frequently encountered educational needs particularly: communication and interaction and communication and language
targeted deployment of other adults in the classrooms and specific training so that they are better equipped to meet the needs of individual or small groups of pupils. This is particularly in the areas of early reading as well scaffolding support for pupils in lessons
the implementation of targeted interventions designed to support the emotional needs of pupils across the school
attendance support from a dedicated attendance officer
high quality pastoral support including drawing and talking therapy; Thrive; bereavement support and Lego therapy.
As a school we a clear commitment to continually monitor assessment information for individual pupils and to assess what’s working best to meet their individual needs.