The Pupil Premium grant is allocated to schools from the Department for Education (DfE) to help pupils from the most deprived backgrounds achieve their full potential.
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 children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM); those looked after by the Local Authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and to raise attainment.
A link to the DfE page, containing further information about the rationale behind the Pupil Premium, can be found.
It is for each school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as it is assumed each is best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils at the School. However, to ensure proper accountability, schools are required to report on:
- the amount of funding received;
- how this is being used;
- the impact of any work done.
The pupil premium funding settlement received by Fulham Primary School is calculated based on the number of children on roll in the January of each year who are known to have been eligible for free school meals at any time within the last six years, or who are Looked After Children, or who are the children of armed service personnel.
The funding received was as follows:
Total amount of pupil
Fulham Primary prides itself on the fact that there is very little difference between the achievements of children who receive FSM and those who do not. This is called “narrowing the gap” and it is one of the success stories of our school. In fact, across the school, our Pupil Premium children are our highest performing group of children.
However, in summary, Fulham Primary allocates and spends this money to ensure that all our pupils are given the same opportunities and life experiences as any other child, even those from more privileged background.
The impact of Pupil Premium so far:
Secured higher attainment and progress for identified children in upper Key Stage 2 in Reading and Writing. 70% achieved a pass in both Reading and Writing in May 2018 SATS.
Narrowed the gap between identified pupils to ensure that they are attaining in line with their peers by the end of Key Stage 2 in reading and writing.
The KS1 phonics screening test results showed, 65% of identified pupils reached the required standard in May 2018.
Attitudes to learning for identified pupils have improved and this can evidenced in their attainment and progress.
We track the progress of all our pupils in school on a termly basis and more frequently for pupils causing concern and we compare pupils according to FSM and other characteristics.
Pupil Premium was used to improve quality first teaching for children and therefore contributes to professional development for senior leaders, teachers and support staff.
Staff have benefited from a range of CPD and INSET on a whole school and individual level to improve quality first teaching. This includes:
- Power of Reading
- Network meetings, to share good practice
- In-school and school-to-school moderation
- Leadership courses
- Curriculum Development
- Supporting learners with special and additional needs
- Safeguarding and PREVENT
In-School program of INSET across the year, tailored to the needs of the whole school. As a result of this the following has been agreed: ACTIONS:
- Targeted support, monitoring and evaluation
- Pupil Premium Learning Walks by SLT
- Observation and Staff Training
- Termly Pupil progress meetings
- In-class group support – Teachers and Tas
- Termly Book Looks
- Out of class support – Teaching Assistants providing tailored Mathematics and Reading support in small groups in afternoon sessions.
- Workshops for parents
- Parenting Skills Course
- Breakfast and After School clubs, support with homework.
- First Hand Enrichment Opportunities:
- Trips and Visits
- Drama and Theatre
- Pupil Voice participation
- PSHE – Values Curriculum.