The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.
These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority, Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. 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.
Definitions of groups
Ever 6 FSM
The Pupil Premium for 2014-2015 will include pupils on the January 2014 School Census known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in any of the previous six years, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2014. For the purposes of these grants conditions, “Ever 6 FSM” means those pupils recorded on the January 2014 School Censuswho were recorded as known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) on any of the termly censuses since Summer 2008, including the January 2014 School Census. Each pupil will only be counted once: for example, if a pupil on the January 2014 Census is recorded as known to be eligible for FSM and was recorded as known to be eligible for FSM on the Summer 2013 and Autumn 2013 Censuses, they will be counted as oneEver 6 FSM pupil for calculating allocations for the PPG in 2014–2015.
Children adopted from care
The Pupil Premium for 2014-2015 will include those pupils recorded on the January 2014 School Census who were looked after immediately before being adopted on or after 30 December 2005, or were placed on a Special Guardianship or Residence Order immediately after being looked after (known as post-LAC for the remainder of this document). A child should be recorded as such where the parent or guardian of the child has informed the school that the child has been adopted from care or has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order.
Ever 4 Service Child
For the purposes of these grant conditions, “Ever 4 Service Child “means a pupil recorded on the January 2014 census who was eligible for the Service Child premium in 2011-2012, 2012-2013 or 2013-2014, as well as those recorded as a Service Child for the first time on the January 2014 Census. Each pupil will only be counted once: for example, if a pupil on the January 2014 Census is recorded as a Service Child in January 2014 and on the January 2013 Census, they will only be counted as one Ever 4 Service Child for calculating allocations for the PPG in 2014-15. The grant will be allocated as set out in sections A, B and C below. Where National Curriculum Year Groups do not apply to a pupil, the pupil will attract PPG if aged 4 to 15 as recorded on the January 2014 Census.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
Pupil Premium per pupil
Pupils in Year Groups R to 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM
Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM
Looked After Children (LAC)
Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
Pupil Premium per pupil
Pupils in Year Groups R to 11 recorded as Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
In the 2013/14 academic year St John’s Highbury Vale Primary recieved £36,900 in Pupil Premium funding. 41 Pupils(Interventions 2013/14)
To provide interventionprogrammes for underachieving pupils and those with SEN (Special Educational Needs).This was, and continues to be used as follows: around £1400 per week spent directly on support for PP students
To provide one-to-one tuition for some pupils.
To employ Teaching Assistants, who provide a targeted level of support to some of our most vulnerable children so as they can make the progress expected of them.
Increased and sustained attendance across school. 2013-14 97.2% attendance
We use this money to also subsidise educational visits, including residential trips, for example by funding transport or lodgings. For some children this has a huge impact on their self-esteem and confidence. All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.