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What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture

 

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM. 

“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website) 

The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent. 

For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit:
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

At Langton Primary School, we aim to ensure that all children in receipt of Pupil Premium are achieving in line with their peers. In the current financial year (2017/18), the school will receive £3,960 in Pupil Premium finding. This will be used to support the children in a variety of ways:

  • Attainment and progress: We will look carefully at how pupils are doing and target personalised teaching programmes or additional interventions if required; a High Level Teaching Assistant has been appointed to support in this area.
  • We work closely with families to keep them informed of their children’s progress.  We support them in aspects such as improving attendance and ideas to help them support children in their learning.
  • Enrichment experiences: Some of the Pupil Premium funds will be used to ensure children can access extra curricular trips and residential visits. 

The impact of this Pupil Premium funding is monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis.