The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 and aimed to ‘address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most’.
There are three main groups of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils:
Those registered for free school meals (FSM), plus those who have claimed FSM at any point in the last six years.
Those who have been looked after children (LAC) continuously by the local authority for more than six months.
Those who are children of service personnel or whose parents have been killed in service and receive a service pension.
Parents can claim FSM for their children if they receive benefits that include:
Income based job seekers allowance
Child tax credit but NOT working tax credit and the household income is not more that £16,190.
The guarantee element of state pension credit (from 30 April 2005)
Support under part vi of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
What do we do with the funding?
The headteacher has overall responsibility for ensuring that this funding is allocated appropriately and this is checked by Wendy Powell the Governor responsible for ensuring that this is managed effectively.
Welcome to the Learning Lab
The Learning Lab is staffed by Mrs Morris who provides a range of support interventions for pupil’s eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
The pupils can access work on:
Handwriting and fine motor skills
Happy to be Me which focuses on self esteem and motivation
Secrets of Success which aims to improve attitudes to learning
Maths: using and applying
Library skills and opportunities for thinking skills
Attendance and lateness
How do we check that this is working?
The ‘success’ of these interventions are reviewed every 6 weeks so that we can measure impact on pupil progress.
The Learning Lab team meet with the Head teacher to review the progress made and decide on ‘next steps’ to success. This is then shared with the staff so that class teachers can continue the work in class and around school.
The Governors are fully involved in this process and the headteacher reports to them at regular meetings. All Governors have visited the resource base to see where the funding has been spent and have met with staff to discuss their roles.
Please find more details in the downloadable PDF`s below