The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. Schools receive funding for pupils who have been registered for Free school meals at any point in the last six years ((known as Ever 6 FSM). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. For the year 2015-16 this amount is £1,320 per pupil and £300 for service premium. For those children who are Looked After who have been adopted form care the figure is £1,900. The funding is provided on figures from the January census. For the current financial year Buxton infant school is in receipt of £34, 160 pupil premium funding.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared to their peers
- The new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
- The information for parents that schools have to publish online.
Aims and principles
- To use Pupil Premium funding to help support our policy of ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils and that all pupils reach their potential.
- To use Pupil Premium to break down barriers to learning-these may be emotional and social as well as academic.
- To ensure that all pupils who are in need of intervention or support receive this. We recognise that not every child who is socially disadvantaged will qualify for free school meals. This means that some pupils who are not in direct receipt of funding will be in pupil premium funded intervention groups.
- Funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority individuals and groups. This means that not all children in receipt of Pupil Premium will be in receipt of interventions at any one time.
- Parents will informed of any support that their child is in receipt of and invited to meet every term with the member of staff who is teaching them. This is to discuss the impact of the additional support and to help parents bets understand how they can support their child’s progress at home.