The government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children from more deprived backgrounds and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Funding is allocated by calculating the number of children who are looked after, (in care for more than six months) numbers registered for free school meals and children who's parents serve in the armed forces, to produce an amount that the school is given to use, as they see fit, to meet the needs of disadvantaged children to ensure that they do not fall behind their peers.
At Miserden C of E Primary School we support all our pupils to do their best regardless of their background by providing high quality teaching that is supported by interventions from highly skilled specialist teachers and teaching assistants. We welcome the additional funding that this scheme is providing to allow us to develop this provision further. The funding last academic year and the current school year is used to support the quality of teaching and the provision of support to individuals and groups. The school Leadership Team and the Governing Body monitors the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium Grant.
Pupil Premium: 2016-17 £5,280
Pupil Premium: 2015-16 £3,855
Last year we used our Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:
- To provide in class support for pupils to target mathematics and English in the school day
- To fund after school booster sessions for pupils in Mathematics to support individual learning needs.
- To fund individual needs e.g. purchasing of school uniform items.
- To support access to the wider curriculum and support children’s social and emotional needs through helping fund of educational and residential trips, after school club provision, and musical instrument lessons.
- To develop first quality teaching across the school.
Impact of pupil spending in 2015/16
- All children whose parents wish them to attend have be able to go on our school trips and residential visit
- Increased self-confidence and improve social relationships between individuals and their peers
- In writing and mathematics all the disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected standard and one was working at 'greater depth'. In reading 66% achieved the expected standard.
- In reading and mathematics disadvantaged KS2 pupils had an average scaled score equal to or above the national score for 'other pupils'.