Schools receive a payment, or Pupil Premium, for each child who is registered for free school meals [FSM] and those who have been in continuous care for six months or more. In 2011 – 2012 this amount was £488 per child, for 2012 – 2013 this increased to £600 per child. For this academic year there is an allocation of £900 per pupil premium child. From April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include any children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years. This year the amount has increased to £1300 per child.
The percentage of pupils in the school who are currently eligible for FSM 6% (13 children) and 11.5% (25 children), have received FSM in the previous 6 years.
Currently there are no looked after children and no children from service personnel families.
The funding allocation for this year is £37,700.
‘Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best places to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ Source: DfE website
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. In the 2014 to 2015 financial year, schools received £1,300 for pupils in reception year to year 6 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
In Markyate Village School and Nursery we have 24 Pupil Premium children; this includes 14 Free School Meal children.
As a school we have involved the parents by asking them how they would like the funding spent. Many parents asked for support for school trips and especially the residential trip in year 6. We have also supplied:
- counselling sessions to 3 children,
- revision books,
- extra-curricular lessons,
- breakfast club
- extra TA support
- resources e.g. coloured paper and overlays, challenge books for Literacy and Maths, reading resources, maths equipment including games, NUMICON
We monitor the children’s levels half termly and endeavor to ensure that they are working at Age Related Expectations. If there is an area of concern we meet with the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant and discuss how we can ‘close the gap’. We also recognise that some of the children are at Age Related Expectations and we, with the class teacher’s input, consider how we can help promote learning and achieve mastery for these children e.g. buying a wider and more challenging range of books and resources.
We recognise that progress can be measured in many ways and personalising the funding to the individual, we believe, gives focused, clear and specific ways forward. This demonstrates that we have a bespoke approach that caters for the individual child and its family.
Clare Power INCO