The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how this funding has impacted on eligible pupils and the wider population.
Spending 2016 – 2017
Impact of the expenditure on eligible pupils and the wider population:
Last year the school received £281,614 pupil premium funding (193 pp pupils, 2 service children, 13 post- CLA and 4 CLA) and data indicates that the in-school gap between children in receipt of pupil premium and their non- pupil premium counterparts had closed in reading, writing and maths in KS1. For children attaining greater depth the gap narrowed in reading, stayed the same in maths and the difference widened slightly in writing by 3%.
In KS2 (Y6 2017) the gap between pupils in receipt of pupil premium and their non- pupil premium counterparts continued to narrow in reading and writing but for this cohort we failed to fully diminish the difference in maths. Children assessed as at greater depth in this cohort made good progress against national benchmarks in reading and writing but again failed to maintain this progress in maths (-0.53 compared to national +0.28).
Current internal school data demonstrates good progress is being made to diminish the difference in our current years 3 – 6 with the exception of our current year 5 where maths progress slowed last year for the large pupil premium cohort (32.5%).
For more details regarding attainment, progress and more please download and read the Word documents below.