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 in vulnerable groups – FSM, Children in Care, children working below age related expectations, children with prior attainment from KS1 below the expected standard.
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 January census. At this time, we had 45% 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:
- The employment of part-time teachers to provide focused teaching for children who need to make better than expected progress in order to reach age-related expectations;
- These teachers also provide PPA cover across the school, providing specialist subject teaching
- They also provide cover for absent staff, minimising the impact of supply teaching
- The employment of a Read Write Inc/phonics specialist teaching assistant to improve pupils phonic attainment
- The licence for the Accelerated Reader programme which promotes enjoyment and engagement within reading
- The employment of a specialist Speech, Language and Communication Needs teaching assistant to support children with progress through speech and language programs
- Commissioning of Beanstalk Readers who come in on a 1:1 basis to read with our reluctant readers in Year 2 and Year 3
- Funding for teaching assistant led breakfast booster classes and breakfast club payments 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 with minimal cost to parents
- 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
- The engagements of specific pastoral support workers to work with pupils with low wellbeing and academic involvement, including a therapeutic play worker and two pastoral support workers
- Fund attendance and punctuality awards to promote better than national average attendance and punctuality
For a more detailed breakdown and monitoring of this spending, please refer to our Pupil Premium Strategy.