Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at Blennerhasset School

In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, this was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years. 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.

This money is allocated to initiatives which remove barriers to learning to ensure pupils reach their full potential both academically and socially.

In 2015-2016 our school received £6600 in Pupil Premium Funding.
Our 2016-17 allocation is £7180

The funding in school has previously been used to help provide additional support to groups and individual children with both academic and pastoral development. We have invested in developing a range of Nurture Groups and interventions to support children across the school, provided extra staffing and resources within the classroom and provided family support wherever possible.

In 2016-17 we have used pupil premium funding to provide additional classroom support to specific children across the school via TA support. We also run 1:1 nurture sessions, drawing and talking therapies and English and Maths intervention packages to enable all of our children to make at least expected progress.

Measuring the impact of Pupil Premium Grant Spending.

The school will evaluate the impact of the funding through:

  • Evidence of Pupil progress (Tracking data and pupil progress meetings)
  • Pupil’s self-confidence and emotional development (Leuven scales of well-being/involvement)

The impact will be monitored through:

  • The school’s tracking systems
  • Pupil progress meetings
  • The school’s monitoring programme including lesson observations
  • Parent consultations
  • Discussion with pupils/pupil questionnaires

The impact of Pupil Premium funding in the year 2015-16 has meant the disadvantage gap has closed particularly in Mathematics and Reading at KS1 and KS2. Also parents and staff report the improvements in children’s behavioural and attitudinal approaches to challenges in school and at home.

Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.
Source: DFE website