Coaley C of E School - Pupil Premium Grant
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools so that they can support and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
In the 2015-16 financial year, the school will receive £1320 per primary pupil who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years (FSM ‘Ever 6’).
A higher rate of £1900 for looked-after children is being introduced and the eligibility criteria is being extended to include those pupils who have been in care for one day or more, as compared with the six months in care currently required.
For the first time, schools will also receive £1900 for eligible pupils who have been registered on the school census as having been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.
The service premium will continue to be extended so that in 2015-16, any pupil in reception to year 11 who has been flagged as a service child since 2011 will continue to receive the premium (‘Ever 4’ measure). The service child premium will be paid to schools at the rate of £300 per pupil.
The PPG is not ‘ring-fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they wish but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing to closing performance gaps between children who experience social disadvantage and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.
What is its impact on learning and social development?
The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is measured at the end of the academic year in relation to:
- Engagements in clubs and enrichment activities
- Parent participation
- Core subject progress
- Enjoyment of school
How it is spent in 2015-16
- In addition to pupils eligible for FSM, the Governors at Coaley C of E Primary School have agreed that PPG should be spent on all vulnerable and/or disadvantaged pupils in school. During this academic year, 20% of pupils were identified at school as vulnerable, in need or in danger of falling behind their peers.
- Expenditure for these pupils has included amounts allocated towards:
- Early intervention for targeted pupils
- Increasing teaching assistant support aimed at targeted groups
- Providing quality, effective feedback to individual pupils by way of individual meetings
- Support materials for the above
- Subsidies for Residential and Educational visits
- Assisted places at after school clubs
- Engagement of outside agencies for specific professional guidance
As a result of strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of vulnerable pupils:
- The majority of vulnerable pupils have made at least good progress are now on track to achieve their target in reading, writing and maths.
- Most vulnerable pupils are motivated to complete their work and welcome the help of pupil mentors on a regular basis to assist them with their work.
- The large majority of vulnerable pupils now read at home regularly with the very large majority of vulnerable pupils feeling supported at home with their school work.
- All parents of vulnerable pupils now engage with school regarding their child’s learning at least each term.
- All vulnerable pupils attend a school club and experience success, engage positively with peers and behave well.
- The attendance of vulnerable pupils is good resulting in the vast majority of their attendance being above average.
- All vulnerable pupils in UKS2 have responsibilities around school to develop reliability, responsibility and routines.
- Almost all vulnerable pupils felt it is good to have new challenges.