Pupil Premium at Burnside Primary School
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for disadvantaged children. The government believes that Pupil Premium, which is received by the school in addition to other funding, is the best way to address some of the inequalities in the educational results achieved by different groups of pupils. The funding is used by schools to tackle disadvantage and to ensure that the pupils who need it most receive the benefits of the additional resource.
The amount received by the school depends on the number of children who:
- are currently entitled to free school meals
- have been entitled to free school meals within the last 6 years
- have a parent serving in the armed forces
- are ‘looked after’
- are covered by a guardianship order
- are covered by a residency order
- have been adopted from care.
A new Early Years Pupil Premium has recently been introduced. It is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year-olds whose parents are in receipt of:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they’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, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
- They have left care in England or Wales through: an adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order.
School Accountability for Pupil Premium
Pupil premium funding is given to schools as they are in the best position to assess what additional provision the children need. Schools are held to account through:
- Ofsted inspections which report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
- Performance tables, which include data on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding, the progress made by these pupils, the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
The allocation to schools for the 2018-2019 academic year is:
- £1320 – FSM/FSM6 pupils
- £2300 – Looked After Children/Adopted Children
- £300 – Service Children
- £300 – 3 and 4 year old children (Early Years Pupil Premium)
How we use Pupil Premium funding effectively to narrow the gap and to raise attainment
The Education Endowment Foundation has produced a teaching and learning toolkit to help teachers and schools effectively use the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils. This guidance, alongside other research-based evidence, the knowledge we have of our children’s requirements and advice from outside agencies allows us to select appropriate interventions to help narrow the gap and raise attainment.
Pupil Premium Principles
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of children who receive the pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.
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Currently at Burnside 33 out of 438 pupils (EYFS to Year 6) are eligible for Pupil Premium funding (September 2018). This is based on those children who have had FSM ever in the last 6 years or are looked after children (including post adoption) and children of those serving in the armed forces