Iford and Kingston CE Primary School
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support certain groups of pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6).
Pupil Premium is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority (CLA) continuously for more than six months. In East Sussex Pupil Premium for CLA is managed by the Virtual School for Children in Care.
In 2017-2018 the Pupil Premium funding will be £1,320 per pupil.
A pupil premium is also paid for those children who have been adopted from care. The amount of funding for these pupils is £1,900 per child.
The number of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium funding fluctuates considerably. In 2016 6.1% of our pupils were eligible for pupil premium funding. This is low, compared to the national average of 25.2%. If you think that your child(ren) may be eligible for FSM, details on how to apply can be found by following the link on the website.
How much Pupil Premium we received last year
In the financial year 2016/2017 the school received £18, 320 in pupil premium funding.
How we spent the money (and why)
Last year we spent the Pupil Premium funding in a number of different ways.
- Many of the children benefitted from access to support services such as the Educational Psychology Service, the Language and Literacy Support Service (LLSS), COPES, Occupational Therapy Services and others.
- Staff training and continuous professional development (CPD) has informed provision for children eligible for Pupil Premium funding, for example Attachment Training and THRIVE training (social and emotional wellbeing and development).
- The school has a policy of offering 30% of the Pupil Premium allocation for each child to the parents to spend on school clubs and trips or on non-school related activities such as swimming clubs.
- Small group teaching time has allowed children to be supported to either consolidate an area in which they require additional support or to extend them to higher levels of learning. Using Pupil Premium money in this way also allows children not eligible for the funding to benefit by working alongside Pupil Premium children in the same group.
- Some of the children worked in small groups with the SENCO or a TA to develop social skills.
The amount spent in some of these areas was actually greater than that shown below and the school has spent additional money from its budget to enable some of these things to take place. Governors are informed at all times as these decisions are made.
The impact of the spending on the pupils for whom Pupil Premium was paid
The use of external agencies has provided several children eligible for Pupil Premium with valuable support throughout the year. The type of support has varied from advice and assessment to develop academic progress to counselling and support for home-school issues including attendance. The impact of this work with outside agencies has been very positive with improved attendance and punctuality and increased self-confidence. Academic progress has also improved after interventions.
Work on developing social skills allows children to be happier in the playground and in their friendships as well as making learning more effective.
Three pupils in Y6 were eligible for Pupil Premium funding in 2016/2017. Of the 12 assessments at the end of the year, 3 were for the higher standard, eight were for the expected standard and one was for not achieving the expected standard.
All pupils eligible for pupil premium funding accessed trips and residential opportunities offered by the school.
How much Pupil Premium will we receive this year?
In 2017-2018 the school will receive £21, 120 in pupil premium funding.
How we plan to spend the money
SENCO salary £ 9, 654
CPD £ 500
Software licencing £ 430
COPES* £ 2 945
30% grant to parents £ 6, 336
Educational Psychology Service £ 1, 100
Music lesson subsidies £ 125
Bikeability lesson subsidies £ 30
Total £ 21, 120
*Children's Outreach and Parents' Extended Support Service
The Pupil Premium Strategy Statement will be reviewed in March 2018.