The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was introduced in April 2011.
It is allocated to children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals (FSM), children of service personnel (Forces) and those who had been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC).
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is funding that is allocated to schools for pupils to support disadvantaged pupils.
In 2012-3 eligibility for the Pupil Premium Grant was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point during the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure).
At Westbury Infants, all members of staff, including governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. We are committed to ‘Narrowing the Gap’ between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium Grant forms a vital part of that process. We receive funding for looked after children (LAC) and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the past 5 years. Schools are able to use this funding as they see fit but are required to report on how the money was spent.
The governors reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Principles informing the use of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
School provision should meet the needs of all learners
A range of factors can be used to categorise pupils as being socially disadvantaged, including those that are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and some looked after children (LAC)
Pupils eligible for free school meals sometimes can have other factors that can be a barrier to learning (e.g. special educational needs)
The school will strive to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils have their needs quickly identified in order to overcome any barriers identified
The PPG will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receivingFSM’s will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at any one time
A high priority focus for spending of the PPG will relate to securing the best rates of progress for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils
Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure
At Westbury Infants, we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of every one of our pupils. To enable every child to achieve his or her potential, we work to eliminate any barriers to learning by providing appropriate and targeted support.
We recognise that not all children from low-income families will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be eligible for pupil premium.
As well as considering barriers to learning we analyse performance data for each cohort of children in the school, this allows us to identify which children are underperforming and where we should use pupil premium money to enhance provision.
The next strategy review will be July 2019.
Our key steps for ensuring successful expenditure of pupil premium funding are:
- Ensuring there is an in-depth analysis of data
- Identification of specific children who are underperforming
- Identification of specific barriers to learning through discussions with class teachers and parents/carers
- Recognising barriers to learning for children in our community and disadvantaged children in general
- Creating appropriate interventions to combat identified barriers to learning
Further principles being developed to ensure our pupil premium children make progress:
- Improving day to day teaching for all
- Setting high expectations for all
- Extended learning out of school
- Ensuring all staff are aware of who their pupil premium and vulnerable children are
- Ensuring all staff are involved in the analysis of data for pupil premium children
- Increasing parental engagement