Pupil premium funding is an additional funding stream that aims to narrow the gap in achievement and attainment between children entitled to free school meals (FSM) and their non FSM peers. The Government has extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for FSM or a Looked After Child (LAC) within the past six years.
The government introduced Pupil Premium with the aim of increasing social mobility, reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally and enabling more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to have higher aspirations for their academic future.
According to the DfE, schools have the freedom to spend the funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil need”
“It is for the schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what educational provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
For the year 2018/19 Queen’s Manor’s School Allocation for Pupil Premium spend is £97,000.
The Governing Body of Queen’s Manor school decided that this grant should be spent as follows:
Pupil Premium funding is used to improve quality first teaching for children and therefore contributes to professional development for senior leaders, teachers and support staff.
This serves to develop strategies and approaches to improve outcomes for children and close the gaps between children entitled to funding and their non pupil premium peers.
We seek ways to improve experiences, opportunities, attitudes to learning and child and parental engagement to ensure that school life and prospects of accelerating achievement are maximised for all children.
To extend the support for children’s learning we use pupil premium funding to employ:
- One full-time support teacher to further develop Quality First Teaching across the school and support teaching and learning in Years 5 and 6, particularly with regards children new to the school in KS2.
- One FTE teacher to run a range of intervention groups in and alongside lessons from Year 1 to Year 4
- Intervention Lead Teaching Assistant – leading early intervention and overseeing intervention programmes across all classes
We also support specific children through subsidising:
- School trips and other extracurricular activities and opportunities that boost learning including homework club and literacy booster sessions
- KS2 SATs literacy and numeracy booster sessions
- Homework Club
- Enrichment activities for higher achieving pupils
- School Journey
Our governing body closely tracks the achievement of children who qualify for pupil premium funding, ensuring their needs are clearly identified and met, their progress monitored and published. The responsibility for this falls to the Curriculum Committee.