The government funds schools each year with an extra amount for the number of children who:-
- are currently eligible and registered for Free School Meals or
- have been registered for Free School Meals in the last six years, referred to as ‘Ever 6’
- have been in local authority care for 6 months or more (now one day or more), referred to as "Looked After"
- whose parents are in the Armed Forces.
“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.” (DfE website 26th April 2012)
At Ivegill CE we accept responsibility and accountability for narrowing the gap between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers. We believe that, as with every child in our school, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her potential irrespective of need.
We will ensure that the Pupil Premium is spent on improving the life chances of the children in our care.
To find out if you are eligible for free school meals and how to apply, go to www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals - put in your postcode and you will be directed to the County Council website.
How we spend the pupil premium
At Ivegill CE Primary we know that all children are different and have different needs. Therefore, if we feel that a child would benefit from a different approach, we will invest pupil premium and support that child in a different way. (This means one or two children may benefit from adult support, such as small group learning to stretch and challenge).
A large proportion of our funding is spent on additional classroom support and Reading Intervention. Staff are aware which children are eligible for the pupil premium and provide additional, frequent targeted support for these pupils. Teachers are required to produce timetables detailing different support activities: what the learning objective is, when the support will happen, who will lead the support (either the teacher or the teaching assistant) and who will benefit from the support. Children with pupil premium must be part of this.
As our performance data has increased in recent years, so has the effectiveness of the support staff. Their role in class has become more specific (for example, teaching assistants are required to work on specific learning objectives within clear time-frames) and are ultimately more effective.
What impact has it had
Our Pupil Premium Strategy and Evaluations show how we’re using the pupil premium funding: