The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
As you will see this is a significant amount of money and therefore it is vitally important that school receives funding for ALL children who are entitled.
To claim free school meals you can download a copy of the Free School Meal form or collect a copy from the school office. Please ensure you apply, even if your child is in receipt of universal infant free school meals or even if they bring packed lunches.
If you require any more information please contact Mr Walsh in the school office.
PUPIL PREMIUM POLICY
All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment.
As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of need.
The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals. The amount of money received each academic year is stated on the Pupil Premium Budget Plan which is updated on the school website.
The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap.
Pupil progress and attainment information for our pupil premium children is provided termly to governors through the Raising Achievement Group.
In order to meet the above requirements, will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. Our priority is to be focussed on ‘narrowing the gap’ for those pupils not on track to achieve age related expectations by the end of Key Stage 2
As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the Governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through termly pupil progress meetings.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
The Governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Marland Hill will reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil of groups of pupils the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.
The range of provision includes but is not limited to:
Facilitating pupils’ access to education
Facilitating pupils access to the curriculum
Additional teaching and learning opportunities
Support for vulnerable families
Support for additional needs (SEN support and Educational Psychologist)
An annual report to parents will be made for each academic year which will include:
The progress made towards narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils.
An outline of the provision that was made during the year.
An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision.
A copy of the report will be published on the school’s website.
It will be the responsibility of the Leadership Team to outline the school’s progress towards ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged pupils is given to the school’s Governors on a termly basis – this will normally be done via the Raising Achievement Group.
This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.
The evaluation of this policy is based on how quickly the school can ‘narrow the gap’ between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers. Targets will be identified and evaluated annually and included in the School Development Plan.
The success criteria for the Pupil Premium Policy are:
Reviewed at Governors meeting on: (Finance Committee) Thursday 19th May 2016.