The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Eligibility for the Pupil Premium Grant for 2012-13 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free schools meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure).
In April 2014, the Pupil Premium Grant for 2014-15 was extended to pupils who have been adopted from care, which is known as Pupil Premium Plus funding.
From April 2015, Early Years providers have been able to claim Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, support and care.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is to narrow the gap in attainment between pupils entitled PPG and other pupil groups. As a school we have a track record of ensuring that all pupils make at least good progress, but historically levels of attainment have been lower for FSM pupils- this is also a national trend.
We are working hard to raise levels of attainment and reduce barriers to learning and progress by using targeted interventions. We will continue to ensure that all children across the school consistently receive consistently good or outstanding teaching. Research by the Sutton Trust (2011) has shown that highly effective teaching has significantly greater impact on disadvantaged students than on average students.
The work of the Education Endowment Fund and the Sutton Trust are key. We also analyse our data thoroughly and as a small school have the advantage of knowing each pupil well. Although there are some common barriers for FSM pupils, the barriers to achievement are often complex. Therefore, we are flexible in considering the best manner in which to support pupils and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.
We ensure that all staff are aware of who pupil premium children are. All such children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming.
We will continue to ensure that all children across the school receive consistently good or outstanding teaching. Research by the Sutton Trust (2011) has shown that highly effective teaching has significantly greater impact on disadvantaged students than on average students.
Effective feedback has been determined by the Sutton Trust as being the most cost effective intervention in raising pupil attainment. Thus all children will continue to benefit from termly opportunities to meet individually with their class teacher to receive feedback so that children know where they are and what they need to improve.
There is a different focus for Pupil Premium Plus funding, which the DfE has said that it intends to be spent on‘…helping adopted children emotionally, socially and educationally by providing specific support to raise their attainment and address their wider needs.’ The focus on children’s social and emotional and wider needs is in contrast to the Pupil Premium for children eligible for free school meals, which is focused on closing the attainment gap. The money is not ring fenced and does not have to be spent on the individual child. The DfE has said that it has introduced this flexibility so that schools can get maximum impact from the funding and so that children who change schools are not disadvantaged.
We have a Pupil Premium Governor who monitors the spending and impact of this funding.
Our Pupil Premium report for 2020-21 with more detail about this funding and how it is spent at St. Aidan’s is included in our PPG report 2020-21