The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
“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.”
Source - DfE website
Pupil Premium at Portsdown Primary and Early Years
At Portsdown Primary, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
Pupil Premium Spending:
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and progress.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition in all year groups. Skilled teaching assistants also provide additional support through interventions and targeted tutorials across the school. These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.
Increasing Parental Engagement has also been a focus at the school. A range of opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their understanding of how we teach English and maths - to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.
Information to be published to parents:
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their 'PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY.' This should include:
2. The current academic year: (2017-2018)
How will the school measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?
To monitor progress and attainment, new assessment and tracking procedures have been created that will capture the achievement and progress of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Portsdown, the usual termly cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place at the end of each term and will include a member of Senior Management, teachers and T.As. In addition we are tracking 6 pupil premium pupils from year 2 to year 6, creating case studies which provide valuable feedback about the progress of pupils and the effectiveness of interventions. This year we have planned an external Pupil Premium Review which will examine our Pupil Premium Strategy and help formulate an action plan to ensure maximum impact for our pupils.
When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets we will include them in the target groups.
Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item on the governors’ School Improvement and Resources committees.
Pupil Premium Champion: Mrs Daphne Wright
Nominated governor: Mrs Teri Davis
Eligibility for Free School Meals:
A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2). To do this you will need to contact the school office who will be able to help you with this process.
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the headteacher.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.