The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding from Central Government to support children who may be vulnerable to under-achievement. The amount received by each school is dependent on the number of children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who are, or have been, ‘Looked After Children' by a Local Authority (LAC). Schools have a responsibility to report on the progress of this group, including children who have received FSM during the last 6 years (termed ‘Ever6 FSM’). All schools are required to demonstrate how they are using the Pupil Premium and the impact it is having.
- To ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to make the same progress as, or better progress than their peers.
- At Danson Primary School, we organise teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of all of our children.
- We arrange appropriate provision for children from vulnerable groups and for those who may be disadvantaged, to ensure that their needs are accurately assessed and met.
- We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the Government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive, or have received, free school meals, or who are in care.
- We aim to include parents (along with our own needs analysis and including input from staff in school) to decide how the Pupil Premium could be best spent for each child.
- It may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will receive Pupil Premium interventions at any one time.
Across Danson Primary School, the Pupil Premium has been having a positive impact and it has allowed Disadvantaged Children access to targeted support through our use of Pupil Support Assistants, allowing pupils to make accelerated progress regardless of their starting points. Monies are also used to support learning experiences, purchase equipment and subsidise educational visits. Importantly, the Pupil Premium also allows us to partially fund the school's Learning Mentor who is able to work closely with children families as needed.
How much do we receive?
Our total Pupil Premium received for the financial year 2017/18 was £86,680
Schools receive a Pupil Premium of £1,320 per year for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (not including children automatically entitled to the governments universal free school meals program up to the end of Year 2.)
Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- Special guardianship order.
- Child arrangements order or a residence order.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the 'Virtual School Head' (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. They are then responsible for distributing the funding appropriately.
Our Pupil Premium allocation for the financial year 2016/17 was £96,400. This money was spent on: staff training to upskill Teachers with pedagogy and a deeper understanding of children’s learning. Targeted provision in reading, speech and language and writing. Staff to support entry into school during the early morning drop and go as well as parental workshops.
Our Pupil Premium allocation for financial year 2015-16 was £97,680. This money was spent on: staff training to upskill Teachers with pedagogy and a deeper understanding of children’s learning. Targeted provision in reading, speech and language and writing as well as parental workshops.
Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders, academies and any setting registered to provide the 3 & 4 year old free entitlement will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to support children’s development, learning and care. Registering to receive Early Years Pupil Premium could provide up to an extra £300 a year for your child’s early years setting to fund valuable support such as extra training or resources to help raise the quality of your child’s early education.
The Early Years Pupil Premium is paid directly to your childcare provider as part of their normal funding claim. It is not paid to parents or seen as a monetary amount on invoices.
Please click here to check if your child is eligible and how to take the next steps.
Please click here to download an application form for free school meals.