The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students on roll known to be currently eligible for Free School Meals or who have claimed within the last 6 years, as well as students who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months by the Local Authority. Children of members of the armed forces are also entitled to an element of this funding. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they wish – but they are held accountable and must report on how the funding has been used to support these groups of children. From September 2012 this information must be made available.
At our school we realise that not all children who are eligible for Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged, and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for Free School Meals , be looked after or from service families. Therefore, we allocate Pupil Premium funding on a needs basis where we identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
We organise teaching and learning at Camblesforth Community Primary Academy in order to meet the needs of all children in the best way. We allocate some of the Pupil Premium money to make sure all children have their needs met through quality first teaching and some for specific interventions to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This specifically includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are addressed.
In 2015-2016 Camblesforth Community Primary Academy received £22,280 Pupil Premium funding.
The funding was used to:
- To provide continued emotional, behaviour and pastoral support to all PP pupils – Maintain the role of an Advanced Teaching Assistant with a specific responsibility for supporting the pastoral, behavioural, and emotional needs of identified pupils throughout the school and to purchase resources to support identified PP pupils (eg sensory materials, dyslexia support materials)
- Provide targeted support and learning intervention
- CPD for staff around aspects of special needs
- To develop confident, resilient and independent learning behaviour.
- To provide TA support in all classes to assist the classteacher in provided targeted support to PP pupils
- To continue to deliver a programme of intervention and support for identified pupils through the use of TA
- To raise attainment and accelerate progress of PP children in order to close the gap between school and national in maths and English
- To give pupils access to a wide range of personalised support and interventions to accelerate their progress. This will include 1-1 tuition for pupils in Year Six from a teacher, and a programme of individual and small group interventions to be delivered by TAs.
Impact of the funding:
- The gap between progress of pupil premium children and other students is reducing.
- Children are getting additional support to improve their well-being and resilience.