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Pupil Premium is an allocation of funds made for a child who is eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). It is also made for a child that is part of a Forces family or is 'Looked After' by the Local Authority.

The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children who are eligible for FSM and their peers. It ensures that funding reaches the children who need it most and helps schools to narrow the achievement gap.

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the funding is spent, since they are best placed to assess the necessary additional provision for individual children. The allocation for each eligible child was £1385 in 2022/ 2023.

When our last school census was taken (October 2022), we had 30 children who were eligible for Free School Meals, were 'Looked After', were from a Forces family or who are Ever 6 (have been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years). We target this money to support those pupils eligible for Free School Meals who require extra support with their learning. We also use some of it to offer support to other pupils who are at a disadvantage when compared to their peers even if they are not eligible for a free school meal. This can, for example, include support with extra curricular activities. In this way we ensure that this additional funding has a positive impact on all learners.

In the 2022-2023 financial year out allocation is £46,190. This is how we are spending it:

• Specialist Teacher time for children in receipt of Pupil Premium across the school who are also on the SEND register (Salary Contributions of £3033) 

• Additional Teaching Assistant hours to work with children in receipt of Pupil Premium in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (Salary Contribution of £2599) 

• Focused teaching time to supplement Quality First Teaching with a range of staff (TLAs and Teachers – Salary Contribution of £8571) 

• Support from ELS trained member of staff to support identified children to engage in school (Training and Salary Contribution £10,458)

• Additional support from the Emotional Health Service (£3000) 

• Additional support from the Educational Psychology Service (£5742)

• Provide free milk during the school day for children in receipt of Pupil Premium (£600)

• Provide funding for school clubs and subsidise trips (£1000)

• Additional CPD to focus on Quality First Teaching (£7917)​

• Subscription and book costs for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds (£3270)


How else do we support our learners receiving FSM?
All staff – specifically teachers and Teaching Assistants – have high expectations for all pupils particularly those who are eligible for Free School Meals. Staff are aware of each child’s rate of progress and liaise with families if any child is not making expected progress.

Information about children’s progress is shared at Parents’ Evenings and in end of year reports. If appropriate, additional interventions and their successes are also discussed and parents are given specific targets to work on with their child.

Staff work closely with families and, where appropriate, outside agencies to ensure that they know the vulnerabilities of all children with FSM, any potential barriers to learning and what actions need to be taken.

Evidence from data tracking, book scrutinies and lesson observations are also used to inform our next steps, such as necessary intervention programmes.

We encourage our children receiving FSM to take advantage of extended learning opportunities such as football and gymnastics clubs, trips and residential journeys by assisting financially whenever possible.

The PE and Sports Premium is a grant provided by the Government which aims to increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport. It should also provide all children with a broader experience of a range of sports and activities and increase participation in competitive sport.

What happens next?

At the end of each academic year, data is published which shows the progress made by children receiving Pupil Premium funding. No child will be named in the data.

The spend for PE and Sports Premium is also reviewed annually against the intended outcomes of the plan.

Previous reports detailing the overview of Pupil Premium funding and progress are available on request.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

PE and Sport Premium Action Plan