What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:
- identified in the January 2018 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
- recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)
A premium of £300 has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these 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.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils. For further details of our pupil premium please see below.
At Tanworth-In Arden we use our Pupil Premium funding to support academic interventions and resources, but we also acknowledge that the attainment and progress of children can be affected by a child's self-esteem and well-being. We therefore also use our Pupil Premium funding to support pastoral support, enrichment activities and to subsidise educational visits.
We continuously review our provision and the governors challenge our use of the funding to narrow the achievement gap. We measure the impact of the pupil premium spending by tracking each individual's progress and knowing the individual child's needs both academically and socially and emotionally. We have a designated member of staff who tracks the spend and the impact of the additional funding on each child.
In making provision for those children in receipt of PPG, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. As a school 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 PP funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The document below indicates how we plan to spend the additional funding for 2018-2019.