Raising the achievement of the disadvantaged
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to the school for pupils of low-income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals. In 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 Free School Meals measure).
The main aim of the funding is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children and young people. The funding equates to £1320 per eligible primary school child and £1900 per pupil for looked-after children who have been looked after for 1 day or more, are adopted, or are under the care of the local authority.
Pupil Premium at Raynham
At Raynham Primary School we aim to ensure that every child leaves school excited about learning, resilient to setbacks, and determined to succeed. We strive to create a holistic learning environment, which will raise achievement and promote mutual respect. We enable each child to contribute fully to and be valued members of the school and wider community. All students have the right to a healthy, happy, safe environment.
We use the Pupil Premium that the government provides along with the main school funding to ensure all pupils who have additional needs receive the highest quality of personalised provision which helps them to thrive regardless of their status as disadvantaged or non-disadvantaged.
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. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and other targeted groups.
From September 2016, schools are required to publish a Pupil Premium Strategy. This will ensure that parents are fully informed about the amount of allocation, barriers faced by eligible pupils, how the funding is to be spent, how impact will be measured, and the date the strategy will be reviewed. We also need to include how the allocation was spent for the previous year and its impact on eligible and other pupils. Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to close the gaps in pupil groups.
Monitoring Pupil Premium
As a school, we consistently track all groups of pupils to ensure that they make good or better progress. Through targeted interventions, we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For new pupils who start with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age-related expectations as they move through the school. Once at age-related expectations, we always continue to extend that learning further to ensure that they reach higher levels of attainment. We closely monitor how we are spending the allocated funds to ensure they are having an impact on pupil premium pupil’s achievement.
Click here to see the Pupil Premium Strategy for 2019-20
Click here to Raynham Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018