The Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools and was first introduced in April 2011 to support disadvantaged students as a means of closing the attainment gap between them and their peers.
Schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
- £935 for secondary-aged pupils
Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care under:
- a special guardianship order
- a residence order
- a child arrangement order
Parents should check to see if they are entitled
The Purpose Of The Pupil Premium
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 disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
Pupil Premium is allocated directly to Parkfield School from the Education Funding Agency (EFA). This money is for schools to decide how to use but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support disadvantaged pupils.
The pupil premium has the potential to have a great impact on the attainment, and future life chances, of pupils.
At Parkfield School we believe that every one of our pupils is capable of excellent academic outcomes. We welcome the pupil premium as a further resource to ensure that there is no disparity of opportunity within our community. We want every child to flourish and are committed to this being the case regardless of deprivation or any other challenge.
Research suggests that young people growing up in more deprived communities experience less access to language and literacy-rich activities at home and in the community. They are also more likely to have emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Some are more likely to experience physical hardship and neglect. Therefore, the interventions that we have been able to implement as a result of this funding all attempt to redress this balance in some way.
In addition we have carefully analysed the Sutton Trust toolkit to try and help ensure that the interventions we put into place are value for money in terms of student progress.
Pupil Premium money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium students. We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team taking responsibility for Pupil Premium.
Parkfield school ensures that we make strategic and informed decisions about our spending such as:
- Making sure that spending is directly linked to improving educational attainment;
- Making use of our own data to ensure that interventions are making a significant impact;
- Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.
All staff are aware of areas for development and they know which children are focus children.
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.
We have revised our assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to maximise impact.