Pupil Premium funding is a National Government initiative that was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. The Department for Education cites the following as the key issue behind the introduction of the policy:
"We believe it is unacceptable for children’s successes to be determined by their social circumstances. We intend to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers."
It is the school’s ambition to eradicate this gap and for our disadvantaged pupils to achieve and be as successful as their non-disadvantaged peers.
•The pupil premium is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
•The level of premium is £1345 per pupil in 2020-2021.
•From April 2014 children who are looked after have a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families - the ‘Pupil Premium Plus’, which is £2345 per pupil for 2020-2021. This is to reflect the unique challenges they face at school where they often struggle to keep up with their peers at both primary and secondary level.
•Children who have parents in the armed forces are supported through the service child premium which for 2020-2021 will be set at £310 per pupil.
(Source: Department for Education: Pupil Premium Conditions of grant (December 2020)
Wordsworth Primary School currently has approximately 218 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding (January 2021)
How must the funding be used?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they see fit. There is no requirement for the money to be spent on individual children simply because they fall into this category. However, it is expected that the funding will be used to support, as necessary, children in this group so that this group have every opportunity to make the same progress as their peers.
Schools will be held accountable for their use of the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the impact this has on educational attainment.
It is important to note that it should not be assumed that all Pupil Premium children need some or all of this support. There are a number of this group of students in this school and elsewhere who are making excellent progress already and who will need minimal support as a result or will need support in a different context for example extension.
How will the school measure success?
The school tracks the progress of all children. Success will be evidence that shows that children in this group are making better progress than their national peers and also evidence that the attainment gap is closing. We will compare their progress against their peers in the school and nationally, so that we can judge the impact of our work in this broader context.
Monitoring use of funds
The progress and attainment of disadvantaged children forms a regular part of the review process within the school. The school will report annually to the Governors on how Pupil Premium has been used.
Pupil Premium Strategies and initiatives
We strongly believe Pupil Premium provision strategies must reflect the complexity of the issue and variety of needs to be met therefore our approach is multi –faceted, focusing primarily on Quality First Teaching.
“Closing the gap has profound implications for models of effective leadership, as it requires the integration of a complex range of variables, strategies and leadership behaviours.” (John West Burnham)
Please see the attached document for details of the strategies we implement to support Pupil Premium progress.