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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium Grant?(PPG)

The Government considers the Pupil Premium to be a key element of their education policy. Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement.  These include pupils from low income families; children in care (or ceased to be in care due to adoption) and the children of armed service personnel. 

Why was PPG introduced?

 

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. The Department for Education urges schools and local authorities to encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools were required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.

How much PPG was allocated for 2017-2018?

The PPG per pupil for 2017 to 2018 is as follows:

Disadvantaged pupils

Pupil premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 as recorded as Ever 6 FSM

£1,320

Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM

£935

Looked after children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority

£1,900

Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order

£1,900

 

Service children

Pupil premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence

£300

 

 

 

 

 

How we Intend to Spend 2017-2018 PPG

Allocated funds for 2017-2018 - £6,600

( 5 pupil premium with 2 children currently on FSM)

 

Initiative

No. of Learners

Cost

Planned Impact

Additional phonics with TA- 3 weekly sessions

4

£1,500

To support phonic and literacy development Improve basic skills

Make accelerated progress

Improved attitudes to learning

Enabling pupils to attend residentials, school trips and after school clubs

5

 

£1,600

Increased confidence, social interaction and develop friendships based on out of school experiences

TA for focused interventions in Reading, Writing & Maths

 

4

£2,000

Make accelerated progress in core subjects

Weekly sessions with school counsellor

3

£1,500

Promote emotional wellbeing and build confidence

 

 

How will the impact of pupil premium be evaluated at Plymtree School?

During the academic year 2017/18, we will continue to monitor the progress of the pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium through analysis of their teacher assessments each term. This will inform decisions about interventions and future provision.  

In addition, information from lesson observations, children’s books and pupil and parent feedback will form key parts of the evaluation process.

Overview for Academic Year 2016-2017

Allocated funds for 2016-2017 - £5,280 (4 pupil premium with 2 children currently on FSM)

Initiative

No. of Learners

Cost

Planned Impact

End of year Review

Enabling pupils to attend residentials, school trips , breakfast ,after school clubs and swimming lessons

4

£680

Increased confidence, social interaction and develop friendships based on out of school experiences

All children provided opportunity to be included in all activities on offer

75% PP children competent swimmers and took part competitively in LC swimming Gala

TA for focused interventions in Reading, Writing & Maths

(3 mornings per week)

5

£3,800

Make accelerated progress in core subjects

Develop confidence

100% of PP children met expected standard in maths

Opportunities for pre-teaching enabled children to participate more readily in whole class and group situations

Specialist resources for groups and 1:1 sessions, including reading books and maths equipment

6

£800

Access to ‘special’ resources to motivate and enthuse learners

Practical application helped consolidate learning more effectively.

100% of PP children met expected standard in maths

 

School statement Summary on Pupil Premium

 

  • Plymtree C of E Primary School is firmly committed to targeting PPG expenditure to support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

Free School Meals are available to any full-time pupil who is still at school and eligible. You can get Free School Meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:  

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs 

Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals.   

If you feel you are entitled to Free School Meals, you can apply online at www.myfreeschoolmeals.com. If you need help in using this service, please contact the School Office.

 

How can parents contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium Scheme?

 

If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they're not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximize the support we can provide. 

Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice with supporting your child, please contact Tracey Hailey, Executive Head of the Culm Valley Federation.