Each financial year schools receive a ‘pupil premium’, an additional amount allocated to schools per pupil whose families are in receipt of free school meals (anytime in the previous six years), children who are looked after and children whose parents are in the armed forces. Schools use this additional funding to support these pupils to raise aspirations and educational outcomes.
Objectives for Pupil Premium:
- The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
- The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
- As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
- We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
At Heron Primary School for the year 2015 – 2016 we received £65,580. We are using this money in the following ways:
- To support the costs of a Community Family Worker to work with families in accessing further support through available grants etc. To act as ‘Lead Professional’ for CAFs ensuring needs outlined are met and to organise Parental Engagement Programmes.
- To support the costs of an Attendance and Welfare Officer.
- Timetabled sessions from a Learning Mentor to provide pastoral support.
- Additional time for the SENCo to support those children who are looked after, arranging regular review meetings and providing support and guidance for the families.
We assess pupils regularly and through termly discussions in pupil progress meetings and with the Pupil Care Team, if assessment suggests that pupils are working below national expectation or if there is underlying underachievement, discretionary interventions are put in place, which include:
- 1 : 1 tuition/support by teachers or qualified teaching assistants.
- Targeted small group teaching by qualified teachers.
Funding is also used in the following ways:
- For pupils with complex needs to commission specialist support e.g. counselling.
- To fund in whole or partly out of school activities and school trips.
- Consultancy to support raising standards for these groups of children and other targeted training.
- Training courses for parents to be able to support their child’s learning.
- Specific learning materials and other resources to support the child.