In 2011-2012 the Government launched pupil premium funding. The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish any differences between them and their peers. The ‘Pupil Premium’ is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
In addition to FSM the school will also receive pupil premium funding for any ‘Children Looked After’ (Children in Care) or services funding for any children with parents serving in the armed forces.
The funding is allocated to a range of initiatives aimed at supporting disadvantaged pupils, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children and to ensure that they reach their full potential in line with their peers and other pupils nationally.
Nature of Support that could be provided:
1. Additional support; including class based or specific intervention work to accelerate progress of targeted groups or individuals.
2. Learning Support to enable children to fully access learning and accelerate progress where there are speciﬁc barriers other than identiﬁed Special Educational Learning Needs.
3. Pastoral work which undertakes work to raise self-esteem, extend their personal skill set, improve attendance and punctuality and support children to make appropriate choices in order to maximise learning opportunities.
4. Out of Hours and curriculum enrichment to ensure that children are given opportunities to access the full curriculum, develop other talents in sport and creativity and also improve self conﬁdence and motivation for school.
Bedgrove Junior School
National Data published by the DfE, based on the 2014 January census, indicates that the national average for pupils receiving free school meals in state funded primary school is 17% compared with 9.8% at Bedgrove Junior School, however this percentage is increasing year on year.
The provision of Pupil Premium is closely monitored by the Headteacher who is responsible for liaising with those pupils who are eligible, as well as the staff, to ensure that Pupil Premium is closely monitored. The Child & Family Support Worker is responsible for day to day management of organising interventions and liaises closely with parents of disadvantaged pupils.