Platt Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding from central government to support children who may be vulnerable to under-achievement. The amount received by each school is dependent on the number of children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who are Children in Care (ChIC). From 2013-14, schools have a responsibility to report on the progress of this group, including children who have received FSM during the last 6 years (termed ‘Ever6 FSM’). All schools are required to demonstrate how they are using the Pupil Premium and the impact it is having. The premium was introduced in 2011-2012 and was originally set at £488 per eligible pupil and increased to £623 per eligible pupil in the academic year 2012/2013. For the academic year 2014/2015 the amount was £1,300 per eligible pupil and for the academic year 2015/2016 the provisional amount was £1,320 per eligible pupil.
There is also a Service Premium available for children of Armed Services Personnel.
Who is eligible for Free School Meals?
If parents receive any of the following their child may be entitled to receive free school meals:
· Income Support
· income-based Jobseekers Allowance
· income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
· Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
· Universal Credit
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
It is important that all children who qualify for Free School Meals are registered, even if you choose not to take up the offer. Some points to consider are:
· registering is confidential
· taking up the meal is recommended but is not compulsory
· a child may receive additional help as a result of being registered, eg help with the cost of music lessons or school trips
· registering a child for free school meals will bring more money to their school.
Please ask us, in confidence, if you think you may be entitled!
- To ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds (FSM/ChIC) are able to make the same progress as their peers.
- At Platt Primary, we organise teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of all of our children.
- We arrange appropriate provision for children from vulnerable groups and for those who may be socially disadvantaged, to ensure that their needs are accurately assessed and met.
- We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive, or have received, free school meals, or who are in care.
- We aim to include parents (along with our own needs analysis and including input from staff in school) to decide how the Pupil Premium could be best spent for each child.
- It may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will receive pupil premium interventions at any one time.
Pupil Premium Funding 2014-2015
Total Grant - £13,000
The progress of children receiving Pupil Premium funding is closely tracked by teachers, the senior management team and reported to governors regularly.
Results for the last two years show that we still need to close the gap between the APS achieved by the non FSM pupils. A clear tracking system is now in place to ensure that this gap is closing and provisions are developing each term to maximise the progress for these pupils. First class, high quality teaching is vital in this process and the school has been driven in ensuring this is in place for all pupils.
Key Stage 2 (2014)
- It has part funded a Learning Programme which is specifically designed to help fill gaps in learning for phonics, reading and writing. This allows individual users to log on their personalised programme, for some this is daily and for others this is three times a week for 20 minutes to revise and consolidate phonemes and spelling pattern.
- Funding of a teacher part time was actioned but changed due to the circumstances, we have funded emotional support for those PP pupils that are needing it and it is impacting on their academic progress.
- Funding of swimming and other extra activities when the need has arisen to ensure pupils are included.
- Funding TA’s to run provision groups; such as the listening ear, literacy and maths booster groups, Nessy groups.
- Because there is a known high impact on learning to be the quality of questioning, staff have had additional training, mentoring in regards to the types of questions they ask pupils.
- Enabling children to access enrichment opportunities, such as trips and clubs.
- Access to outside agencies.
Pupil progress meetings take place 6 times a year which allow class teachers to discuss the progress of every pupil with members of the senior management team. These meetings are used to plan and evaluate interventions for children at risk of not making at least good progress and/or achieving age-related levels at the end of the year. From these provision groups are planned and evaluated.
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