Information for parents and carers
What is it?
The Pupil Premium is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years, are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces. In 2012/13 the funding allocated was £623 per child, £250 for children of Armed Forces families. In April 2013 this amount was increased to £900 per pupil.
How much Pupil Premium money does our school receive?
The Pupil Premium for the 2013-14 school year will be £13,400. This money will fund support for 15 children.
How is it spent?
We will be talking to parents and carers of children receiving the funding, to ask for their ideas on what will most help. Some children will already be doing well in Literacy, Numeracy or other subjects. But there may things we can do to stretch them further, to help them aim high, or to build their confidence – like having a Teacher or Teaching Assistant for certain activities, attendance in extra groups for e.g typing or handwriting, taking part in activities to develop social or language skills, purchasing individual resources or uniform.
Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities of a cultural and /or academic nature. If children are behind in English, Maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have special small group or one-to-one teaching. We call these ‘intervention programmes’. We choose the classroom approaches and intervention programmes that research shows work.
We may spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people.
How much parents and carers get involved with their child’s learning makes a huge difference to how well they do at school. So we may also spend money on activities that help keep you informed about their targets, and confident in knowing how to support their learning.
How will parents know it is working?
We track all children’s progress each term, so we can quickly see if plans are working. If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme, and the end, so we can see the difference.
We will report to you at parents’ evenings, held in the Autumn and Spring Terms and in writing in the Summer Term but if you would like information on your child’s progress at any time, please get in touch with the Class Teacher.
Where can I get more information?
For more information about how we plan provision and track progress please speak to Mrs Harwood or Mrs Greenberg.
I am not sure if my child could have free school meals – where can I get more information?
Please speak to Mrs Stern in the school office, in confidence. She will be really glad to help.
What did we find out last year about how well the Pupil Premium had worked?
Last year we found that the extra learning, social and emotional support, spending on personnel and resources had a positive impact on those children that were receiving Pupil Premium funding. Not only did they achieve their academic potential but there was also an increase in self-esteem and enjoyment in school .
What we are spending the Pupil Premium on from April 2013
Learning support on a 1:1 or small group basis including Reading groups and Comprehension activities in Year 6, Dyslexia friendly individual work in Year 1 and a Catch up Literacy programme in Year 5.
Social Skills, Music Therapy and individual counselling.
Keyboard skills and Handwriting groups to improve the speed and presentation of written work and raise self-esteem.
In - class Teaching Assistant hours to help children to access the curriculum and make progress.
Funding for School Uniform, books and games.
Funding for attendance at before and after school clubs or teaching assistant hours before school.
Funding for school trips – day and residential and cultural activities.
Training for staff to raise awareness of different types of Special Educational Needs including learning, social, emotional and behavioural needs , physical, communication and medical difficulties.
Updated April 2013