What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011 and is paid by means of a specific grant, based on school census figures, for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) in reception to Year 11. For Looked After Children the Pupil Premium was calculated using Children Looked After data. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents serve in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by the school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. All schools are required to ensure that identified funding is carefully targeted to improve the life chances of designated pupils or groups of pupils.
Principles and Objectives for Pupil Premium at Hook with Warsash C.E. Academy
At Hook with Warsash we aim to provide an inspirational environment based on Christian values where individuals can excel and flourish academically, socially and emotionally, preparing them for life’s journey. The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support us in achieving our vision.
In order to meet this we:
- Ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils;
- 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 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 vulnerable;
- Ensure that pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
The range of provision the Governors may consider making for the group could include:
- Early morning intervention groups.
- 1:1 support.
- Provision of an Inclusion Manager to oversee opportunities, manage teacher tracking and oversee pupil progress.
- Provision of a Designated Teacher to oversee PP+ pupils.
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps and barriers in learning.
- Increasing the number of experienced teachers working in classrooms to support the acceleration of progress.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through members of the SLT and trained TAs.
- Support for educational visits and trips to enhance the curriculum opportunities available to all.
- Provision of Emotional Literacy Support and therapeutic intervention for vulnerable pupils.
- Support for families regarding attendance and other issues that impact on this.
- Support for children to attend after school clubs and enrichment opportunities.
- Resourcing and supporting pupils with speech and language difficulties.
- Providing opportunities for more able children to excel.
All our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least Age Related Expectations, initially this will be in communication, English and maths. Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to exceed end of year expectations. Provision will also be aimed at children with EHCPs or those who are on SEN support where appropriate.