The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Pupil Premium funds are allocated by the central government for pupils who have ever been Free School Meals in the last six years (FSM Ever6) or who are 'Looked After Children' (children in care or adopted).
The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium will include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (FSM Ever6) or who are 'looked After children' (children in care or adopted). A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Waltham-on-the-Wolds Church of England Primary School is expecting to receive £7,920 for the financial year 2016-2017. This is to support mainly ‘ever 6’ children whose families are now above or slightly above the threshold.
Due to the rural isolation of our community, we need to ensure our families have the financial support needed to ensure that all children have access to high quality extra-curricular activities and tuition that may be required to support their learning and develop their social skills.
We plan to utilise it many different ways to enhance opportunities for eligible learners in our school. Some of the ways we spent it last year and the impact it had are:
- Paired or group tuition/intervention which helped children with specific identified needs; without it, they may have been at risk of underachievement.
- School visits and activities asking for voluntary financial contributions from parents which are an important aspect of education, are subsidised by the premium to ensure no child misses out. This includes trips such as residentials. Children’s learning was enriched and their self-confidence grew.
- Supporting extra-curricular activities, including those offered by other clubs or providers, boost confidence and subsequently boost attainment.
- Help is given with the cost of purchasing school uniform; this ensures all children feel a sense of belonging.
- Financing support from outside agencies to help children with specific identified needs, which might put them at risk of underachievement due emotional/health/well-being/social factors.
We will monitor the children’s attainment and progress, as well as their emotional and social well-being in order to measure impact of the Pupil Premium. We have an excellent working relationship with our families and know the children well. We will not publish details of SATs or other test results in order to protect the identity of our families due to the small cohorts at our school.
The next review of our Pupil Premium strategy will be at the end of the summer term 2017.
In 2015-2016 we received £7,700. Our pupils in receipt of the premium demonstrated that they progressed very well from their starting points and generally achieved national expectations or above. We are very proud of them all.