Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to diminish the differences between them and their peers.
“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.” Source – DfE website
At Elmlea Junior School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that every child should have equal access to all opportunities. We believe strongly that every pupil, given the right support and expectations, can be motivated to have a passion and thirst for knowledge, and with dedication and commitment to learning, can be successful.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
The school has been recognised for the progress made by its disadvantaged pupils Pupil Premium Congratulations Letter.
Pupil Premium Spending
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition in Years 3/4 and 5/6. Senior leaders also provide additional support through interventions/targeted tutorials in Years 5 and 6. These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.
For some pupils a family may have been through unfortunate circumstances, such as a bereavement or family separation, which has put the family into challenging financial circumstances for a period of time. By using the pupil premium support we hope to eliminate any barriers to the child’s learning. The support offered will be tailored to the needs of the child. For some it may be play therapy or a mentor to support the child’s emotional well-being, while for other children it may be in the form of enrichment activities such as music lessons, while for others it may be one to one tuition to ‘catch up’ in maths and English.
Pupil Premium Strategy
Provides the following information:
- how the pupil premium funding was allocated for the previous academic year
and the impact of this expenditure on eligible pupils
- the current funding allocation for the pupil premium grant
- details of the main barriers to educational achievement for disadvantaged pupils
- how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
- how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
- the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.
How does the School Measure the Impact of Pupil Premium?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Elmlea Junior School, our continuous termly cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Pupil Progress Review meetings take place each term and include the Headteacher (Lorraine Wright), the Deputy (Jo Sloper) for Lower School pupils and Assistant Head (Emma Long) for Upper School pupils, the class teacher and the SENDCo (Vicky Taylor).
At each Pupil Progress Review meeting, the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
The impact of the school’s Pupil Premium strategy is a regular item at the governors’ Curriculum and Standards committee meetings.
Designated staff member in charge: Lorraine Wright
Pupil Premium Tracker: Jo Sloper
Nominated governor: TBC
Schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
•£1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
Schools receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
•a special guardianship order
•a child arrangements order
•a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
Eligibility for Free School Meals
A parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and Bristol City Council has an online system for this.
You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
•Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
•Income related Employment and Support Allowance
•Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
•Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
•Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
•Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat school meals, please do check the information provided Pupil Premium and Free School Meals in Bristol,
Every child registered generates valuable income for the school. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child at Elmlea Junior School, please speak to Clare Galliers, the Head teacher.