The pupil premium is additional funding provided to schools to support disadvantaged pupils to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children, reach their full potential and to close the gap in attainment that exists between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium funding:
- children who are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM at any point in the last 6 years,
- children who have been looked after by Social Care continuously for more than 6 months and
- children of those employed in the armed forces.
At Eccleston, we allocate the finding to support our curriculum development, the quality of teaching and intervention. Our strategic focus is driven by:
- observation of the children and their needs,
- data analysis at school and national level,
- review of the last plan and best value and
- educational research e.g. the EEF Pupil Premium Guide and Teaching and Learning Toolkit and the Sutton Trust’s What makes great teaching?
Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils
- Narrow vocabulary, poor oracy and specific writing difficulties (including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
- Poor phonological awareness and reading fluency
- Poor general knowledge and limited life experiences
- Mental ill health, poor self esteem and emotional wellbeing (including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Details of how we spent the pupil premium in 2020-2021 can be found below.
Our next pupil premium review will take place in September 2021 with the leadership Team and School Advisor, this will then be shared with Governors and all other stakeholders.
Pupil Premium - Are you eligible?
Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding from the Government that is given separately to the main school budget. The government provide this money to help school address the current national underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. The funding is to ensure that provision is in place for those disadvantaged children who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). There is also an allocation for children who are “Looked After”, adopted or children of service personnel.
Since the introduction of Free School Meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, these children may miss out on this additional funding. We do encourage parents to complete a form if they think they may be eligible, even if they do not need to claim a free meal.
What is the difference between Pupil Premium and Free School Meals (FSM)?
Pupil Premium Grant: 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.
Free School Meals: this is one aspect of support available to families of lower income. Free School Meals is part of the Pupil Premium Grant
How might a child be eligible for FSM or Pupil Premium Funding?
A child may be eligible to receive the Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals if the parent receives anyof the following Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get the Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals.
How do I apply for FSM?
If you think that your income is low and you receive any of the benefits listed above then click here to apply for the Pupil Premium/Free School Meals.
How we Measure the Impact of our Pupil Premium
There are a range of ways in which we measure the impact of pupil premium funding and expenditure:
- Termly Assessments
- National Tests
- Parents Evening Discussion
- Pupil Premium Forum
- Parent Questionnaires
- Pupil Progress (Discussions with Class Teacher)
- Monitoring of Clubs Attended
- Enrichment Opportunities
Education Endowment Foundation - Pupil Premium Guide
In June 2019, the EEF published a new guide on the Pupil Premium. The EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium aims to support schools in spending their Pupil Premium to maximise the benefit for their students.
The report recommends school take a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending. Teaching should be the top priority, including professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention.
Targeted support for struggling pupils should also be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy; as well as strategies that relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.
We will be using this guidance to plan how we will allocate our funding.