Pupil Premium Grant
Pupil premium funding is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It’s allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals. This is based on research that shows that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for free school meals. It also includes:
- pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years
- children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- children where a parent serves in the armed force
For our school, it is important to note that we invest the pupil premium in our pupils regardless of whether they are low attaining or not. This might be in the form of additional tuition out of school or extra support and challenge in school. In this section you can look at the impact the pupil premium funding is having on our disadvantaged children and look at data for previous academic years.
Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’. Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups.
As a school we have a good track record of ensuring that pupils make at least expected progress. Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations or above as they move through the school. We have analysed our data and have made use of research on good practice in using Pupil Premium funding, such as the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit tool-kit, to inform our decision making.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18
In the 2017 financial year Littleham CE Primary School will receive £79,932 of additional funding to help support children in receipt of free school meals. This year we have 57 PPG children. Some of the things that this funding will contribute to providing for pupils will be:
- Key Stage Two Literacy Teacher to support daily in Year 5/6
- A Thrive Practitioner Co-ordinator who supports children and families with a range of behavioural and emotional issues.
- Our Forest School programme which helps build confidence and resilience, as well as learning across the curriculum.
- Extra support (teaching assistants) for children in Nursery and Reception classes.
- Phonics and Reading Intervention teaching assistants for KS1/2
- 50% discount from the cost of the Year 5 and 6 residential for pupils in receipt of free school meals.
- Access to our outdoor education programme for designated periods across the year.
- Access to gifted and talented events and activities.