Pupil Premium is an individual grant payable to schools for every child on roll known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time during the last six years. Pupil Premium is allocated to schools via the local authority in addition to the basic formula grant payable to all state maintained schools.Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium in the way they believe will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils within the school community.
In spending this additional funding for the benefit of our pupils, Ampney Crucis Church of England Primary School adopts the following principles:
- We will ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
- We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes assessing the needs of needs of socially disadvantaged pupils.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
- We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals necessarily are in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
- Provision will not be aimed at statemented children, as funding for their needs is already in place.
The range of provision the Governors consider making for this group could include:
- Providing a small class with an experienced teacher.
- 1 to 1 support.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained TAs or external agencies.
- Accelerating pupil’s progress to at least age-related expectations in English and Maths. All our work through Pupil Premium will have this aim.
- Targeting able children on Free School Meals to help them achieve Level 3 in Key Stage 1 or Level 5 or 6 in Key Stage 2.
- Paying for FSM pupils’ contributions to class trips and, from Year 2, swimming lessons.
It will be the responsibility of the Head teacher to produce regular reports for the Governing Body, which will include:
- The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
- An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting.
- An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.
The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education and will be published on our school website.