The Pupil Premium
What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purposes of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
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 disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online. For the academic year September 2014- July 2015 our school received £ £65,132 of Pupil Premium funding.
For the financial year April 2015 to March 2016 our school/ centre has received £ 76,670 The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is 40%. The national percentage for Pupil Referral Units is 41.7% (from Gov.uk). The national percentage in 2015 is 15.6% for primary schools and 13.9% in secondary.
As a Pupil Referral Unit, our pupil numbers change throughout the year. Our core aim is to improve the progress and attainment of all our pupils.
Pupil referral units (PRUs) are short stay centres for pupils who are educated other than at maintained or special schools, and they vary considerably in size and function. They admit pupils with behavioural difficulties and others who can be identified as vulnerable because of their health or social and emotional difficulties. Some PRUs educate and support school-aged mothers. PRUs face barriers in providing children and young people with a good education. These may include inadequate accommodation, pupils of different ages with diverse needs arriving in an unplanned way, limited numbers of specialist staff to provide a broad curriculum and difficulties reintegrating pupils into mainstream schools. To manage this all pupils have individual learning programmes to help cope with their barriers to learning.
During 2014 – 2015 we used the Pupil Premium in the following ways:
- Increased educational support across the curriculum for identified pupils
- Targeted 1:1 support with literacy and numeracy as required including at KS4 with GCSE or Functional Skills.
- Weekly enrichment activities including sport, cookery and art and craft.
- Access to off-site AP for identified pupils
- Subsidised trips and special events for pupil premium students
- All pupils are offered ‘tea and toast’ either at breakfast or morning break.
- Provision of school uniform
- Narrowing gap – evidence
- Increase in the number of pupils progressing into post 16 destinations with literacy numeracy qualifications and increase in numbers of those commencing post 16 courses with minimum entry requirements.
- Enrichment activities allow pupils to develop new skills and enhances self-esteem
- Access to AP providers has maintained placement, reducing disaffection through re-engagement.
- Trips have supported improved access to the curriculum eg Geography field trip; enrichment eg visit to pantomime and improved self-confidence and team building eg water sports
- Development of social skills –many of our children arrive at school without having eaten and ‘tea and toast’ improves concentration levels and mood. Pupils sit with staff ‘as a large family’ eating a meal.