In 2011-2012 the Government launched its Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). In 2012-2013, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. Pupil Premium Grant is given to schools with the aim to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between these pupils and their peers. Schools can also apply for Pupil Premium Plus for children who are in local-authority care (Looked After Child) or post-LAC. This funding will be managed by the Virtual School Head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. In addition, children whose parents are in the armed forces are eligible for Service Pupil Premium (SPP). Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to initiatives to ensure these pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Although not exclusive, the following barriers have been identified for pupils who receive Pupil Premium funding at Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre:
A. Below expected language/literacy on entry to EYFS
B. Disadvantaged children’s wellbeing is poor with limited experiences and stability in their home life
C. Pupil Premium children often have significant social and emotional needs and fewer strategies for maintaining positive mental and physical health
D. Impact on children returning to school following Covid-19 pandemic and school closure
E. Poor attendance and punctuality of Pupil Premium children
F. Maintaining levels of parental engagement
G. Social and economic challenges
At Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre we use the Pupil Premium Grant to:
- Overcome barriers to learning and provide first quality teaching and staffing to support the needs of this disadvantaged group through targeted support
- Support a target to improve attendance particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds with external support from an EWO
- Provide opportunities for our children to be engaged in physical activities during unstructured times
- Support our healthy eating, fun breakfast club
- Provide a well-being team (PSA, Behaviour Lead, Learning Mentor and Thrive Lead) to support us in overcoming the children's barriers to help close the gap
- Provide access to outside agency support including Educational Psychology Service, Education Inclusion Services and Play Therapy
- Support opportunities for our children to gain life experiences and enhanced learning opportunities through accessing school trips, extra-curricular activities and visits from specialist people/groups to support learning
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals (or have done in the last 6 years) will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We, therefore, allocate Pupil Premium with the aim to ensure that 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.
- Pupil Premium will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
Schools can spend this money as they see fit in order to ‘close the gap’ between pupils who are perceived to be ‘disadvantaged’ and other pupils. It is not linked to a specific child but used for overall impact. This funding is provided directly to the school from the Government therefore schools are held accountable for the expenditure and impact of this funding.
Please follow the links below to access the Pupil Premium Strategies for our school:
Our next Pupil Premium Review will be held in September 2021. Our financial funding will be reviewed and updated in April 2021.
For more information regarding pupil premium please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium.