The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011. Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
Disadvantaged children include those who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years, pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care and children who are looked after by the local authority.
Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.
Service pupil premium is for every pupil with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence. This funding is to help with pastoral support.
School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.
- Targeted academic support
- Wider approaches
Pupil Premium Champion
At Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy, we have a Pupil Premium Champion. It is her role to monitor what our pupil premium funding is being spent on and to monitor the impact our interventions and support are having upon our pupils in receipt of them.
We track our pupil progress rigorously. Our Pupil Premium Champion attends pupil progress meetings every half term to monitor the progress of the pupil premium children within each class as well as regularly tracking pupil progress. This ensures that pupils who are not making progress are identified swiftly and interventions can be implemented in order to meet the individual’s needs.
Pupil premium spending
We plan to spend the pupil premium on the following:
- Pupils’ readiness for learning, including pupil health, well-being, the importance of regular routines, attendance and access to space and equipment for homework.
- Gaps in prior learning, including skills needed to retain knowledge taught. (Recall link to cognitive load.)
- Limited speech and language skills which impact on learning.
- Parental engagement, including aspirations, role models and academic support at home.
- Limited life experiences outside of the family home, few enrichment opportunities.
- Attainment in English and Mathematics.
To find out more about how we use our pupil premium funding, please click on the links below: