What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012–13 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.
Information regarding Pupil Premium can be found on the links below as well as new changes to the SEND code of practice.
What is the rationale behind it?
According to the Department for Education website:
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.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
What is Greenbank High School doing?
The provision allows Greenbank to be completely flexible in ensuring that the most suitable and pertinent interventions are put in place to help narrow the gap between FSM pupils and their counterparts. It is our intention to ensure that pupils will be able to benefit from the widest choice of opportunities and support to ensure that they develop academically and personally and that these interventions are individualised to best suit the needs of every eligible pupil.
At Greenbank High School we have introduced and developed a variety of intervention strategies to help support students who have qualified for the Pupil Premium. We have studied the Sutton Trust Report which is a Teaching and Learning Toolkit which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. See documents below.
Can parents apply for funding?
Decisions on individual funding requests will be decided using various criteria such as: behaviour, attendance, punctuality, progress and a pupil’s individual needs. See documents attached to access funding.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. New measures have been included in the performance tables that show the achievement of pupils who attract the Pupil Premium.
What is the Catch Up Premium?
The Year 7 Catch Up Premium was introduced in 2013. This is allocated to students who did performed below age-related expectation in either Maths or English at the end of Key Stage 2. This funding should be spent on supporting these students to improve their Maths and English levels and to try and provide the best opportunities to allow them to catch up with other students in their year group. Once again, schools are free to spend this Premium as they see fit.
What impact has the funding had?
The attached documents show the impact of the Pupil Premium funding at Greenbank.