The government now gives Pupil Premium funding to all schools to enhance the learning opportunities for children who are eligible for free school meals and for children in care. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The impact of Pupil Premium spending can, if wisely used, benefit all pupils.
Schools are required to publish information about their use of the Pupil Premium on their website. Please do ask our Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher or Assistant Head Teacher if you would like any further details.
Pupil Premium Policy
At Hillbourne Primary School, we seek:
to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the 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;
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged;
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being in need of intervention and support;
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds who, research shows, often underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
The government has used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and has deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals in the past 6 years. This fixed amount of money will increase every year of the course of this current parliament. At Hillbourne Primary School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for Free School meals as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment.
The government is not dictating how schools should spend this money, but is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compare with their peers.
In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of Hillbourne will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. Our priority in the academic year 2015-2016 will be focussed on ‘narrowing the gap’ for those pupils not on track to achieve Age Related Expectations (ARE) at the end of Key Stage 2 and those falling short of their expected progress based on Key Stage 1 results.
As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through termly pupil progress meetings.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
The governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The range of provision
Facilitating pupils’ access to education
Facilitating pupils’ access to the curriculum
Additional teaching and learning opportunities
Alternative support and intervention, arranged through a pupil’s parents, where funds are available after securing the school’s own programme
The Inclusion Leader, in conjunction with the Headteacher, will maintain an ongoing programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils, which will be subject to the oversight of the Governors’ Teaching, Learning and Community Committee.
It will be the responsibility of the Inclusion Leader, to produce a termly report for the Governors’ Teaching, Learning and Community Committee on:
The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
An outline of the provision that was made during the term since the last meeting.
An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.
It will be the responsibility of the main Governing Body to ensure and outline of the school’s progress towards ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged pupils is given to the school’s governors on a termly basis.
The Governing Body will consider the information provided in the light of the data relating to the progress of the school’s socially disadvantaged pupils in conjunction with the revised schools’ league tables.
The governors of Hillbourne will ensure that there is an annual statement to the parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education. Class teachers will meet with parents of children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding on a termly basis to report on the child’s progress.
The evaluation of this policy is based on how quickly the school can ‘narrow the gap’ between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers. Targets will be identified and evaluated annually and included in the School Development Plan.
The success criteria for the Pupil Premium Policy are:
Any appeal in connection with the allocation of the Pupil Premium funding will be dealt with through the Governors’ appeals panel.
Written: March 2016
Next Review: July 2017