The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding that is provided to schools to support specific groups of children who might be vulnerable to underachievement. Nationally these include pupils who are, or who have previously been, entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), those who are looked after by the local authority or have once been looked after children and the children of armed service personnel.
Schools are free to decide how to use this allocation, considering how best to support individual pupils with additional provision. All schools are now required to report on the amount of Pupil Premium funding received and how this funding is being used, as well as the impact of this funding on pupil progress.
We track the achievement of every child at Kingfield Primary School, we measure the attainment but also the progress of each child. This tracking ensures that we identify any child who is not making expected progress and plan appropriate strategies to support them. We are continually assessing the progress of children in receipt of pupil premium funding, the use of our pupil premium funding and the impact it has.
The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face at Kingfield are complex and varied – there is no single difficulty faced by all. A key barrier for a minority of children is that of attendance – children need to be in school, ready to learn for any other approaches to make a difference. Other barriers to learning, for which we use our funding to tackle, are that of SEN, EAL or issues within the family, which are supported by our home school link worker.
For this reason, significant amounts of our funding are used to fund our home school link worker and our intervention teachers. Our strategy is reviewed annually based on the impact of the previous year's plan.
For more information on the Pupil Premium, please visit:http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium