What is Pupil Premium Funding?
Introduced in 2011 the Pupil Premium Fund is designed to provide additional school funding for those children classed as having deprived backgrounds, and also those who had been looked after (by a local authority) for more than six months. The Service Premium was also introduced for children whose parent(s) are, or have since 2011, served in the armed forces. Since the introduction of the Pupil Premium, changes have been made in the amount of funding schools receive and the children who qualify for the funding.
So which children can receive Pupil Premium Funding and how much funding do schools receive?
Rates for pupils for 2022-2023:
- £1,385 for children registered eligible for free school meals and those who have been in receipt of free school meals at any point in the past 6 years.
- £320 for children whose parents are in the armed forces.
- £2,410 for Looked After Children and previously looked after children and children adopted from care.
*NB. The Pupil Premium is only paid to those children registered to claim free school meals, and does not include those who are eligible but are not registered; the term used by the DfE is “known to be eligible for Free School Meals.
How we use Pupil Premium funds
Our aim is to provide first class education to develop and fulfil the potential of all pupils in our care, and faith development of our pupils is of paramount importance.
Our Mission Statement:
‘We come to school to love, learn and share in the light of Jesus'
At St. Wulstan's, we are passionate about the educational and personal development of your child.
Pupil Premium funds are used to help the pupils in a lots of ways including academic and non-academic areas. These include:
Senior leaders, class teachers, learning support assistants, the Family Support Worker and the office team all care for Pupil Premium pupils in our school. They support these children to achieve excellent attendance at school, as attendance is strongly linked with academic progress.
- Progress and Attainment of all Pupil Premium Pupils
Pupil Premium funding is spent on ensuring that our teaching staff have regular, quality professional development, which enables them to deliver excellent teaching in all subjects. Educational equipment is also purchased using the funding, so that we can provide outstanding teaching and learning for your child. Further targeted support includes extra staffing, daily intervention opportunities and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) also help with pupil progress alongside the first class teaching in our school. All teaching strategies that we implement within our school are ones which are proven to support disadvantage children achieve well. This includes Maths Mastery, small step learning and Sentence Stacking. When considering the implementation of new or different pedagogies, the impact that this will have on our disadvantaged children is always at the forefront of our minds.
- Pupil Wellbeing, Aspiration and Opportunities
Pupil Premium pupils enjoy participating in after school clubs, being a member of our Care Club and 1:1 music tuition, which are all activities subsidised using our Pupil Premium Funding. Our Family Support Worker and trained Emotional Coaches work closely with children weekly to provide emotional support and boost confidence skills. 1 to 1 Emotional Coaching and whole class wellbeing sessions develop these skills further by teaching the children how to tackle difficult situations and stay in control of their emotions.
- School educational visits and retreats to support the delivery of our broad and balanced curriculum
Making sure that pupils have access to opportunities to help their educational and personal development. This also includes sporting and musical opportunities, as well as visits to museums, outdoor activity centres and many other places linking to our history and geography topics.
Please note that Pupil Premium Funding is best used on providing best quality teaching and learning. This may also benefit other groups of pupils. (Pupil Premium Myths EEF Guidance, 2019)
At St Wulstan's, every decision that we make in term of strategies, actions and activities to support our Pupil Premium children is underpinned by recent and relevant evidence- based research. In particular, we use the documents below to plan our spending and intervention: