The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. 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 spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additioal funding.
Headteachers and school governing bodies are accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding in the following ways:
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.
Our Objectives in spending the Pupil Premium Grant:
- To remove barriers to learning.
- To accelerate pupil progress and raise attainment
- To support social and emotional development that enables children to learn.
- To broaden experiences and widen opportunities for children.
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, intervention teachers and intervention support staff. Our strategy is reviewed annually based on the impact of the previous year's plan. More information on the barriers faced by our pupils can be found in the document at the bottom of the page.
Strategy for using the funding
Increasing the rate of progress and overall achievement for targeted children through:
- Focus on learning in the curriculum.
- Focus on social, emotional and behaviour.
- Focus on enrichment beyond the curriculum.
- Focus on families.
Our strategy will next be reviewed at the end of the academic year 2017-18, although tracking is in place to constantly monitor and track the success of our interventions. We will look at the end of key stage statutory data as well as analysis of the progress of children in the classes which are not reported on in this way in order to form the strategy for the nexct academic year.
For more information on the Pupil Premium, please visit:http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium