What is Pupil Premium?
At Coniston Primary School, we firmly believe that all children deserve the very best education regardless of background or need. In April 2011, the government introduced the Pupil Premium. This gave schools additional funding to diminish any gaps in attainment for disadvantaged pupils and children in care, as well as to assist with the pastoral needs of those children. How the Pupil Premium is spent is closely monitored and schools are accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results. Attainment statistics published in January 2014 show that in 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals got 5 GCSEs, including English and mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify. The government believes it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances, and intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.
Schools can decide how the money is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
How is Pupil Premium spent at Coniston Primary School? Our rationale
At Coniston we continuously monitor the progress of all our pupils to ensure that they are achieving their full potential. When deciding how to best use the Pupil Premium, we have used the Educational Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit which provides evidence on how schools can spend money more effectively to improve the teaching and learning of children from low-income families.
Our main strategy to support children in receipt of the Pupil Premium is through providing the highest standard of Quality First Teaching. We ensure that the funding is used to support all disadvantaged pupils, regardless of ability, to achieve the highest levels of attainment. Families may not necessarily be in receipt of Pupil Premium but many of our children are affected by the barriers of child poverty evidenced in the South Gloucestershire Child Poverty Needs Assessment:
What are our plans for 2018/19?
Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 = £85,640
We will use the funding to:
- Provide additional classroom support to enable all Pupil Premium children to achieve in line with their peers and national expectations;
- Use the ‘Thrive’ approach to provide emotional and social support for children to develop their resilience and confidence;
- Use targeted feedback to support understanding in reading, writing and maths on a daily basis, to enable Pupil Premium children to make good or better progress.
There are additional barriers faced by pupil Premium children that we will use the funding to overcome:
- Added support for Pupil Premium children who have Special Educational Needs;
- Improve overall attendance, including lateness, broken weeks and regular absence, so that it is in line with or better than their peers;
- Support for children and their families outside of school, to reduce the negative impact on the emotional well-being of the children in school.