At Birch Copse Primary School our mission statement says ‘Together we plant the seeds for success’. We believe that all children, regardless of their background or ability, should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential and the ‘Pupil Premium’ funding is a key factor in helping to achieve this aim.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include children who are entitled to free school meals or have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, those Looked After by the Local Authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment so that the gap between them and their peers closes. It is also used to support the children in the participation of activities in the wider curriculum.
The Government has used children entitled to free school meals as an indicator for deprivation, and has allocated a fixed amount of money to schools per child. In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, each school will receive:
- £1,320 for children in Foundation to year 6 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
- £1,900 for children who have been in Local Authority care for 1 day or more (Funding for these children is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the Local Authority that looks after the child.)
- £300 for services children who has a parent serving in the regular armed forces or are receiving a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme.
As a school we decide how the allocated Pupil Premium funding should be spent. We assess each child and decide what additional provision should be made for these children. We are then required to report yearly on the amount of funding received, how this is being allocated and the impact of any additional support or provision. We are also held accountable for the impact of Pupil Premium funding through performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
Our School’s Principles:
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all children.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged children are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
- We monitor and evaluate our Pupil Premium spending, avoid spending it on activities that have little impact on achievement, and spend it in ways known to be most effective that meet the needs of each Pupil Premium child.
Provisions and support provided for Pupil Premium children at our school:
A variety of provisions that can be used to raise attainment of underachieving and vulnerable pupils in order to overcome gaps in learning and ensure that they make expected/accelerated progress, for example:
- Providing individual/small group work with an experienced teacher or specialist teaching assistant
- Providing 1:1 tuition and small group tuition with an experienced teacher
- To provide training for additional adults in school to ensure effectively targeted support for underachieving pupils or to challenge the children further to reach their full potential.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by external agencies, Gifted & Talented events and through additional support/opportunities with local schools through the school’s Link group
- Providing specialist resources to support children’s learning
- The use of Pupil Profiles to track PP children’s learning and to show the development of the whole child, both academically and socially – acknowledging their achievements both in school and outside of school
- Child conferencing - to give each PP child a voice about their own learning and to set achievable but challenging targets
- Provide opportunities for parents to develop own understanding of educational concepts through parent workshops of the core subjects, so that they are able to support their child’s learning at home
A variety of provisions that can be used to develop self-esteem and confidence of identified vulnerable pupils - fostering positive peer and parent relationships and removing social and emotional barriers to learning. For example:
- Subsidising the cost of educational visits
- Funding the development of a talent through extra-curricular activities, including opportunities for music lessons
- Providing individual/small group work with a counsellor, A Family Support Worker or a specialist Teaching Assistant for ELSA, social skills, support with behaviour or family circumstances
- Support for children with EAL
- Support with funding of school uniform
- Support with transport costs to ensure all children can attend school
Please refer to the following documents for more information which will clearly outline:
- The school’s Pupil Premium Grant for the current academic year
- Details of how we intend to spend the Pupil Premium Grant
- Details of how we spent the previous academic year’s Pupil Premium Grant
- How the funding made a difference to the attainment of the Pupil Premium children