The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). From 2014 pupils who receive pupil premium are referred to as ‘disadvantaged pupils’.
In most cases the pupil premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
Pupil premium provides funding for pupils;
- Who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (£1320 per eligible pupil)
- Who have been continuously looked after for the past 6 months (£1900 per eligible pupil)
- For children whose parents are currently in active service in the armed forces (£300 per eligible pupil)
The following barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils have been identified by Gomersal St. Mary’s:
- social barriers inhibiting parental support in schooling
- 32% of eligible children are on the SEND register
- a lack of aspiration amongst a significant number of eligible children
- a lack of engagement with wider opportunities, such as after-school activities
- a need to ensure that all children start the day having had breakfast
School leaders are held accountable for the spending and impact of this funding. Performance tables are a key indicator as to the achievement of disadvantaged pupils covered by the pupil premium. However, the school also tracks every pupil premium eligible child across school to ensure achievement measures are at least in line with national expectations.
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
- The reports for parents that schools have to publish online
Gomersal St Mary’s CE Primary School is committed to providing effective resources and ensuring vital support is in place for our disadvantaged pupils to improve their academic outcomes.
Our Core aim is:
- To raise achievement and attainment of all pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium so that their performance is at least in line with the non-Pupil Premium peers nationally.
- To address inequalities of pupils from deprived backgrounds compared with their non-deprived peers nationally.
What we expect to see:
- A promotion of a high profile approach to meeting the needs of disadvantaged pupils.
- Regular analysis of pupil data and information in order to identify circumstances which may be barriers to learning
- The best possible delivery of teaching and learning provision in all classrooms.
- A wide range of targeted group and individual support packages designed to meet the needs of specific vulnerable pupils.
- A rich and varied menu of educational experiences to broaden the opportunities of specific vulnerable pupils.
- Regular monitoring and evaluation of support measures in order to assess impact and ensure effectiveness. This will inform future plans, provide accountability and develop best value measures.
Performance of disadvantaged pupils over time
|% of pupils reaching the Expected Standard in Reading||67%||64%||60%|
|% of pupils reaching the Expected Standard in Writing||75%||67%||60%|
|% of pupils reaching the Expected Standard in Mathematics||83%||78%||40%|