What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.
From September 2017 the premium will be worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely by the DFE with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Pupil Premium is not ring-fenced, it is not distributed as a child by child basis and the school has full autonomy on how they chose to spend the money. Therefore, Pupil Premium funds can be used in a variety of interventions personalised to the needs of pupils.
At Frances Bardsley Academy, we ensure that our Pupil Premium funding is used to provide inclusive learning opportunities and experiences to raise attainment for and the aspirations of our students. As part of our vigorous and robust tracking and monitoring procedures, students who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding are tracked to ensure they are making at least expected progress, with appropriate interventions identified to sustain this.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Nationally, students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two-thirds of their fellow students.
All of our interventions are evidence informed. They are based on our own research and several key research documents such as:
The Sutton Trust:
The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students.
The Toolkit currently covers over 30 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost. It has been recommended by the Department of Education, Ofsted and the headteachers’ associations as a valuable resource in prioritising pupil premium spending. More than half of secondary school leaders now say they use the Toolkit.
The Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit:
The Education Endowment Foundation is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children and young people from all backgrounds can fulfill their potential and make the most of their talents. We fund rigorous evaluations of innovative projects aiming to raise students’ attainment. We do this to find out what’s most likely to work effectively and cost-effective and to put that into action across the country.
Each year we review the impact of how the Pupil Premium grant was spent.
For more information and apply for Free School Meal, click here: https://fbaok.co.uk/apply-for-free-school-meal/