Pupil Premium Allocation
Pupil Premium is a payment made to schools by the Government. It makes up part of the school’s funding, is received into our budget and is made available for use throughout the whole school. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
Pupil Premium 2021/2024
As per DFE guidance, The Pupil Premium Strategy is on the set form. Please click the link to see how we invest our money into the children using the key elements from the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) to ensure that the Pupil Premium children get the best education and maximise their learning opportunities to ‘narrow the gap.’
Q: What is Pupil Premium and how should it be used?
The Pupil Premium as funding in addition to the school’s budget and is based on the number of children eligible for free school meals (FSM), Children Looked After (CLA) and for those children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces.
‘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
The school will use this money to support systems and processes which ensure continued progress and academic achievement for those classed as disadvantaged.
At Phoenix Community Primary School our aims are:
- To ensure that high quality teaching and learning meets the needs of all pupils.
- To ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- To recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered for Free School Meals, therefore, Phoenix Community Primary School will use its professional judgement to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or group of pupils, the school has identified as being disadvantaged.
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Therefore, it may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of specific pupil premium interventions at one time.
‘High quality teaching must be at the core of all pupil premium work.’ Sir John Dunford, National Pupil Premium Champion 2015
The biggest impact on a pupil’s learning comes from quality first teaching and learning from well qualified and trained staff. Staff Continued Professional Development helps to support this.
John Dunford states it is important for schools to ‘keep their focus relentlessly on the quality of teaching and learning in school.’
Q: What is the school’s allocation of Pupil Premium?
Q: What percentage of children are eligible for Pupil Premium?
The figures for Pupil Premium Eligibility are taken from the October census. At this time, we had 43% of pupils on roll who were eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. All of these were identified under the Ever6 category, (i.e. in receipt of Free School Meals at any point in the past six years).
Q: What will the Pupil Premium Funding be spent on over the coming year?
Given the success of the strategies employed last year, these will continue. Therefore the funding will be spent on the following:
- Additional directed teacher time to improve teaching and learning by;
- Core subject leader time to monitor and provide professional development to ensure quality teaching and learning
- Additional teacher time to boost learning in Year 6.
- Additional half day a week teacher to provide class forest school sessions to support pupil emotional well-being and problem solving
- Additional half day a week for SENCO to provide support for disadvantaged pupils with complex SEN/D needs
- The employment of a phonics specialist teaching assistant and librarian to improve pupils phonic attainment and love of readin
- The licence for the Accelerated Reader programme which promotes enjoyment and engagement within reading
- The employment of a specialist Speech and Language therapist to provide early support for children with speech and language difficulties and a teaching assistant who supports in this area.
- Funding for breakfast booster classes with free breakfast club to improve reading, writing and maths progress of pupils
- The employment of a specialist computing teacher to provide a high-quality broad curriculum experience that promotes pupil engagement
- The employment of music teachers to provide specialist music teaching across the school in order to improve engagement in the Arts
- Subsidising instrumental lessons in order to ensure that learning an instrument is affordable
- The leasing of a minibus so that we can take children on trips and experiences in the locality and widen their experiences
- The employment of a Safeguarding and Welfare Officer to work with our vulnerable families in order to increase parental engagement in their children’s learning, support emotional wellbeing of pupils and improve attendance
- Fund attendance and punctuality awards to promote better than national average attendance and punctuality
- The engagements of specific pastoral support workers to work with pupils with low wellbeing and academic involvement, including a therapeutic play worker and forest school specialist
For a more detailed breakdown and monitoring of this spending, please refer to our Pupil Premium Strategy.