The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. A premium is also available for children with a parent serving in the Armed Forces. From April 2012, the ‘Ever6′ measure was introduced to include payments for every pupil who has been FSM eligible at any point in the last six years.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, from September 2012, all schools are required to publish online information about how the Premium has been used. This will enhance the tracking of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and provide transparency with regards to the extra support that they receive.
In 2013-14 Priorslee Primary Academy received £20,400 for 30 children meeting the above criteria. Funding during 2013-14 included:
- Enhanced levels of staffing to allow for smaller groupings for English and maths across KS2
- Additional staffing to provide extra speech and language group for Pupil Premium children in Early Years
- Part-time member of staff (HLTA) to deliver Year 5 booster group for English and Maths and create single year group target groups in Year 5 and 6
- Reading and writing intervention groups (including small daily phonics groups in KS1)
- Working with individuals to meet specific needs identified by Class Teachers
- Training for all support staff to raise awareness of specific disorders such as speech, language and communication needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. This training will ‘up-skill’ our support staff and give them the tools to work with children experiencing difficulties in these areas.
- Half termly tracking and monitoring of Pupil Premium children to ensure that progress is maintained, including regular discussions with staff, TAs and parents (during consultation evenings), to evaluate the growth of confidence and self-esteem in the classroom
- Release time for dedicated member of the leadership team with responsibility for Pupil Premium children, including organising provision, tracking and assessment, evaluating interventions, embedding Pupil Premium support through performance management, and reporting to Governing Body
- Subsidised extra-curricular activities, including Year 6 residential and other expenditure such as uniform and school trips
In 2014-15, Priorslee Primary Academy will receive £42,100 for 45 children meeting the above criteria. Building upon what is listed above, plans for 2014-15 include:
- Personal budget for parents of Pupil Premium children to put towards extra-curricular activities, uniform and trips
- Subsidised residentials in Year 6
- A dedicated member of support staff with responsibility for Pupil Premium children
Reports regarding allocation of the Pupil Premium are made to the Governors Finance Committee at the start of each academic year.
Please click here to look at the impact of Pupil Premium funding on children's progress across year 1 to year 6:
Pupil Premium progress 2014-15
In 2015-16 Priorselee Primary Academy expect to receive £43,380 for 48 children meeting the above criteria. Building upon the strategies above which have proved successful, plans for 2015-16 include:
- 1:1 meetings with parents of PP children to identify barriers to learning and strengths
- Funded after-school clubs, e.g. computing (coding) and cookery
- Increased TA support in every year group
Please see our evaluated 2015-16 Pupil Premium action plan
Pupil Premium Action Plan 2015-16
For 2016-17, please see our Pupil Premium action plan for 2016-17 and 2017-18:
Pupil Premium Action Plan 2016-17
Pupil Premium Action Plan 2017-18