About Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium (P.P.) is additional funding allocated to schools to help close the attainment gap between children from low income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.
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- PP Statement October 2018-2019
- PP strategy document Sept 2018
- Pupil Premium Statement 2016 to 17
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-2017
- 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.
- In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
- For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
- 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 will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012 schools will be 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.
- Schools also receive information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.
Ashfield Infant & Nursery School has allocated the additional funding to provide an additional teaching assistant to support the activities below:-
- Small group support
- Intervention programmes
- Intensive 1:1 work where relevant
- Support for residential trips
2012-2013 Funding and Attainment
During the academic year (2012/13) the Department of Education allocated £19,000 in Pupil Premium for our school to further support pupils who were or had been eligible for Free School Meals. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for these pupils.
2013-2014 Funding and Attainment
Funding for the Academic Year 2013-2014 was £24,472.
All the funding was allocated to staff costs for Teaching Assistants working with pupils on a 1:1 basis or in small groups.
2014-2015 Funding and Attainment
Funding for the Academic Year 2014-2015 is £33,698.
All the funding will be allocated to staff costs for Teaching Assistants who will work with pupils on a 1:1 basis or in small groups.
2011 was the first year the Pupil Premium was allocated and we received £10,320. The funding supported the work detailed above and tracking shows that this has had a positive impact on attainment. The children are achieving their challenging targets and in some cases are excelling these. In the following years we continue to use the funding wisely to help our pupils achieve their full potential.