The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can provide support for certain groups of pupils to address social, emotional and academic skills and to 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 2019-2020 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 £2,300 per child.
The number of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium funding fluctuates considerably. In 2018-2019 8.3% of our pupils were eligible for pupil premium funding. This is low, compared to the national average of 23.5%. 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.
In the financial year 2018-2019 the school received £21,120 in pupil premium funding.
Last year we spent the Pupil Premium funding in a number of different ways.
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 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. All pupils received training in relaxation strategies which can be used in classroom situations, in the playground or at home and several pupils eligible for pupil premium funding received additional training to offer them a range of strategies and techniques to hep self-regulate stress and behaviour.
One pupil in Y6 was eligible for Pupil Premium funding in 2018/19. The pupil was assessed as being working at the expected standard in all subjects and at greater depth in GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling).
All pupils eligible for pupil premium funding accessed trips and residential opportunities offered by the school.
In 2019-2020 the school will receive £28, 320 in pupil premium funding.
SENCO salary £ 4,654
TA interventions £ 9,353
CPD £ 500
Software licencing £ 575
Access to counselling support services £ 1,259
Thrive training and licences £ 600
30% grant to parents £ 8,496
Educational Psychology Service £ 900
Mindfulness sessions £ 1,983
Total £ 28,320
The Pupil Premium Strategy Statement will be reviewed in March 2020.