What is the Pupil Premium?
"The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers."
(Department for Education, 2016)
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?
- Service children in education or who have been in the last 5 years (Ever 5 service children)
- Children in Care
- Children who have left local authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
- Children who are eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the past 6 years (Ever 6 FSM)
If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible, speak to Miss H Slattery (Pupil Premium Co-ordinator) or the school office for advice and an application form.
How much do we receive?
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2015-16
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2015/16: £137, 420
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2016-17
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2016/17: £116,160
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2017-18
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2017/18: £127,080
What do we do with our allocation?
All staff at North Borough Junior School work hard to ensure that they actively diminish the difference in achievement between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils, with the close support of the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and the Senior Leadership Team.
As specified in the Department for Education guidance, we reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium Funding to support any child or group of children that has been legitimately identified as needing additional support to achieve improved learning outcomes and/or their well-being. The Senior Leadership Team, Pupil Premium Coordinator and school governors work closely together to allocate Pupil Premium Funding following a needs analysis, which identifies priority groups and individual pupils.
Pupil Premium Funding is allocated in order to break down and tackle the barriers to learning which disadvantaged at North Borough face, we have identified these to include:
- Phonological awareness are lower for pupils eligible for PP than other pupils. This slows reading progress and writing progress as they progress in subsequent years.
- High ability pupils who are eligible for the PP are making less progress than other high ability pupils in Key Stage 2. This prevents sustained high achievement by the end of Key Stage 2.
- Pupils have low self-esteem and sense of self-worth and this is demonstrated in their lack of motivation and ambition.
- PP pupils have under-developed social skills which means that their relationships with adults and other pupils suffers and behaviour issues impact on their learning.
- Parental financial difficulties means that pupils are unable to attend trips and clubs. This limits PP pupils’ access to the extended curriculum and in developing better relationships with adults and other pupils.
- Attendance rates for pupils eligible for PP are below the target for all pupils. This reduces their school hours and causes them to fall further behind on average.
- Lack of engagement and communication from PP parents within the school environment.
How do we monitor the impact of our spending?
The Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and Senior Leadership Team, monitor the spending of the Pupil Premium very closely and will compile regular impact reports for Full Governing Body meetings amongst other professional meetings.
The progress and attainment of Pupil Premium children is our desired outcome and is therefore watched closely by class teachers and the Pupil Premium Co-Ordinator. This allows interventions to be put in place when they are needed - ensuring that all children are being given a fair chance to 'be the best they can be' and that the difference between the progress of the disadvantaged children, and that of their peers, is diminished.
What do I do if I have questions?
The school office, Pupil Premium Co-Ordinator and class teachers should all be able to help you with any enquiries you may have.