Pupil Premium Grant
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is funding that is allocated to schools for pupils to support disadvantaged pupils. Richard Atkins Primary School receives funding for looked after children (LAC) and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the past 5 years. Please follow the link to the Department for Education to find out more about this funding. Schools are able to use this funding as they see fit but are required to report on how the money was spent.
Principles informing the use of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
- School provision should meet the needs of all learners
- A range of factors can be used to categorise pupils as being socially disadvantaged, including those that are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and some looked after children (LAC)
- Pupils eligible for free school meals sometimes can have other factors that can be a barrier to learning (e.g. special educational needs)
- The school will strive to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils have their needs quickly identified in order to overcome any barriers identified
- The PPG will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving FSM’s will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at any one time
- A high priority focus for spending of the PPG will relate to securing the best rates of progress for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils
Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure
At Richard Atkins we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of every one of our pupils. To enable every child to achieve his or her potential, we work to eliminate any barriers to learning by providing appropriate and targeted support.
We recognise that not all children from low-income families will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be eligible for pupil premium.
As well as considering barriers to learning we analyse performance data for each cohort of children in the school, this allows us to identify which children are underperforming and where we should use pupil premium money to enhance provision.
Our key steps for ensuring successful expenditure of pupil premium funding are:
- Ensuring there is an in-depth analysis of data
- Identification of specific children who are underperforming
- Identification of specific barriers to learning through discussions with class teachers and parents/carers
- Recognising barriers to learning for children in our community and disadvantaged children in general
- Creating appropriate interventions to combat identified barriers to learning
Further principles being developed to ensure our pupil premium children make progress:
- Improving day to day teaching for all
- Setting high expectations for all
- Extended learning out of school
- Ensuring all staff are aware of who their pupil premium and vulnerable children are
- Ensuring all staff are involved In the analysis of data for pupil premium children
- Increasing parental engagement
For information on how we have spent the Pupil Premium Grant in 2016/17 and the effect that it has had plus, information of how we plan to spend the grant in this current academic year, please download our
Pupil Premium Grant Report and Strategy 2021/22