What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. This funding is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities that exist between children from disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged backgrounds. The DFE has given us the freedom to use the Pupil Premium as we see fit, based on the knowledge of our pupils’ needs.
Who qualifies for Pupil Premium?
Children who qualify for the Pupil Premium are identified as the following: any child who has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years; any child looked after or previously looked after; any child who has a parent serving or served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry Of Defence; any child who has or has had a social worker or any child acting as a carer.
Pupil Premium at Snape Wood
At Snape Wood Primary School, we are dedicated to motivating and inspiring all learners so they embrace challenge with resilience, show respect and collaborate well so they can achieve excellence; we firmly believe that children receiving Pupil Premium deserve the same life chances as their peers.
We strive to ensure that the children achieve to the best of their ability and any gaps in learning due to social or financial circumstances are recognised and closed. All staff responsible for teaching and learning understand the importance of this support and use our ‘Pupil Premium Protocol’ in order to support children. Pupil Premium provision maps – class on a page, in each year group outline the support that is in place for children in receipt of Pupil Premium. This includes: high-quality, first class teaching; specific interventions; access to trips and residential; quality support ; and access to Brainy Breakfast – something new to school to support learning for our PP children.
The Action Plan for Pupil Premium spending focuses on whole-school strategies that impact all pupils, strategies that target under-performing pupils, and specific strategies targeting pupil premium pupils. We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of Pupil Premium funding, and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximize progress.
Strong leadership ensures that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact on achievement, attendance and pastoral care. This includes an identified Governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium, the Headteacher leading developments, and the dissemination of information to all parties. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors sub-committees, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending. Ensuring all staff takes responsibility for Pupil Premium actions enables school to develop a strong, comprehensive and sustainable support package which leads to improvements in outcomes for all children
The Covid19 outbreak has inevitably had an effect on all children’s learning. We are aware that there may be detrimental effects on our Pupil Premium children’s learning and wellbeing so our key aim is to identify gaps and support pupils and parents with the transition back to school, putting measures in place to match individual needs.