The Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or backgrounds. It is allocated to schools based on the numbers of children who come from low-income families and is defined as:
Children who have received free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
Children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months
Children of military service personnel
First introduced in April 2011, this is one of the current key education policies and is based on evidence that shows that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for free school meals. Of course this does not apply to every child and many of our children who are in receipt of free school meals are our highest achievers! This money has to be spent on improving the attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds and it is up to the school how best to allocate the funding to meet the needs of their eligible pupils.
Our pupil premium spending has included:
- Breakfast & Homework Club provide opportunities for children to complete home tasks that they may have been unable to do at home, as well as enjoying a hearty breakfast.
- Additional teaching assistants provide tailored interventions to meet identified needs and remove barriers to learning.
- Enhanced provision is provided for a small number of pupils with complex needs within our nurture group.
- Attendance incentives are provided half-termly to maintain our high levels of attendance including an end of year trip for parents and children with 100% attendance.
- Following the restructuring of lunchtimes to provide a family dining experience, Pupil Premium funds a daily choice of extra-curricular lunchtime activities to provide for children who do not access after school activities. This is important in broadening the children’s curricular experiences and skills.
- Additional Educational Psychologist support ensures that children’s needs are identified quickly and barriers to learning addressed more effectively.
- Additional support from the Education Welfare Officer supports families in ensuring that attendance levels are high and is a positive early intervention strategy to encourage good attendance rates and routines.
- School trips are subsidised to ensure that everyone can attend and that we can offer a broad and exciting range of provision and cultural enrichment.
- All Y6 children enjoy and benefit from a residential trip.
Pupil premium income is always carefully matched to pupil need following clear data analysis. The main evidence of impact is the achievement made by the children in terms of their end of Key Stage 2 attainment. However, achievement is carefully mapped and analysed throughout each child’s journey of learning. Raise Online data shows that progress at Goldthorpe Primary School is increasingly inclusive and that no one group progresses to the detriment of any other vulnerable group in school. Year on year data also shows a significant improvement in attainment for our children and our careful allocation of Pupil Premium Funding is fundamental in removing barriers to learning and ensuring high levels of achievement.
Find out more about whether your child could be eligible. Please see Mrs Anderson in the School Office who will give you advice and direct you to the relevant application forms. Even if your child chooses not to have a school meal, the additional pupil premium will benefit your child and the school community!