What Is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. 

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools;

  1. for children from low-income families who are eligible for a free school meal (or have been at some point in the past six years),
  2. for children in care of the local authority or who have been adopted from care 
  3. for children who have a parent in the Armed Services

What Is It Worth?

In 2015/16, our school recieved £22, 560.

Rationale

Schools are able to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. At Langtoft Primary School, the rationale for the spending of the grant is;

  • The Pupil Premium is ring-fenced and spent on those pupils for whom it is intended
  • It will not be used to scaffold less-than-good teaching but to respond to the identified needs of individual children and their families
  • Governors and parents are involved in deciding how the Pupil Premium is spent
  • There is clarity in reporting to governors and to parents on what the Premium is spent on and the impact it is having
  • Governors, leaders, teaching staff and parents have high expectations of all pupils so that Pupil Premium-targeted pupils achieve their best
  • The progress and attainment of the most-disadvantaged pupils and other pupils at school level is tracked in the Prime Areas of Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development  along with the Specific Areas of Literacy and Mathematics (EYFS) and in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics (Y1 to Y6).  Attendance of pupils is closely monitored

How Is It Spent?

Pupil Premium is spent according to need.  One size does not fit all. Here are the typical ways in which the Pupil Premium is spent to support pupils;

1. Financial Support for Families including;

  • purchase of uniform items carrying school logo (c£50 per child per year)
  • payment (part or full) for school visits including residentials
  • payment for music tuition
  • after-school clubs (where charged)
  • payment for wrap-around care in school holidays

2. Increasing Learning;

  • intervention programmes
  • diagnostic assessments
  • resources

3. Professional Development and Support

  • training costs and materials
  • specialist teaching

More Information

Click here for a more detailled report on expenditure of the Pupil Premium Grant and its impact for 2015/2016.

You may find the government's own website of interest https://www.gov.uk/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings