What is it?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families.
The premium was introduced in April 2011 with the aim of narrowing the attainment gap between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. It also includes Looked After Children and Services Children.
Funding is based on: children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6); children that are in care or adopted, or were previously (LAC/PLAC); and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (children of service personnel).
To check to see if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding (Free School Meals), click on the following link here to apply.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children, and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish this online along with the impact. Our school's documentation can be found below.
The Government believes that Headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium funding.
They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
In most cases, the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who is eligible. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
Further information about the Pupil Premium funding can be found on the Department for Education website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium
Our approach at Weston on Trent C of E (VA) Primary School.
Our school vision is 'Let Your Light Shine' this articulates our desire to treat every child as an individual and to ensure that he or she is supported and empowered in order to achieve their individual potential. Part of this is supporting the children in seeing themselves as learners, having self-respect and being ambitious for the future.
In order to develop our strategy, the SLT look at individual each child's unique circumstances, progress and needs and target our actions to ensure that we are maximising the benefit of their funding for them.
We aim to give our children the best possible life-chances and recognise that good academic outcomes give the children more choices when they are older. We understand that there can be non- academic barriers to learning which must be addressed in order to enable children to learn.
In order to optimise the benefit of funding received, we try to take a longer term view and focus on activities that will increase our capacity as a school to support the children over a number of years rather than just for one term or academic year. For example training seven adults in school to deliver Positive Play so that they are able to help many children in the future.
Who is responsible for Pupil Premium in school?
Mrs Burns (Headteacher) is responsible for the pupil premium in school.
Mr Phillip Curnock is the named governor for pupil premium.
Please see below for out pupil premium plans in more detail.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.