Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is a government strategy to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

It is for schools to decide how it is spent to provide additional targeted provision.

For more information, visit the Department for Education website:  http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium/b0076063/pp

Use of Pupil Premium

27 pupils 12%) are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. This amounts to approx £35,100 allocated in the school budget.

The £1300 (£300 for Forces Children) has been budgeted as follows with the sole aim of ‘busting the attainment gap’ between Pupil Premium children and their non Pupil Premium cohort. We take an holistic approach at GUCS ensuring that the money spent supports the child’s learning in all areas, including well-being.

 

  • Brains for Breakfast (£80 per pupil) These are bespoke, half-termly interventions designed to help pupils make progress with reading/phonic/spelling and Mathlete skills.
  • Hercules – (£150 per pupil) A challenging programme of lessons for Pupil Premium children working above Age Related Expectations to further their progress
  • 1:1 tuition with a teacher (£25 per hour) This intensive support is used to work with pupils to meet specific curricular and national curricular targets.  Pupils are currently working towards making 1 sub level progress by the end of the Spring term.
  • Small group classroom support from a TA   Pupil Premium funding has been used to provide TA support to allow a pupil to access the curriculum.
  • Home ICT support (£250 per pupil) This is an opportunity to fund ICT resources within the home to allow children in receipt of Pupil Premium to access homework tasks and home support for their independent learning.
  • Premier Sports(£2.50 per pupil, per session) We fund the use of Premier Sports before and after-school sessions to make sure the children are energised and ready to access their learning at the beginning and end of the school day.
  • Larks@Grendon Breakfast Club (£3.50 per child, per session) As above, this ensures children are energised, fed and enthused for their day’s learning.
  • Making Changes (£35 per hour, per pupil) the school use Student Counselling and Art Therapy sessions provided by qualified therapists to support pupils’ emotional well-being.

 

The whole school  impact of these interventions are as follows

 In Reading:

50% of the attainment gap between PP children and their non PP children… has been ‘Busted’

12.5% of the attainment gap between PP children and their non PP children… has been ‘Narrowed’

In Writing:

50% of the attainment gap between PP children and their non PP children… has been ‘Busted’

In Maths:

50% of the attainment gap between PP children and their non PP children… has been ‘Busted’

25% of the attainment gap between PP children and their non PP children… has been ‘Narrowed’

12.5% of the attainment gap between PP children and their non PP children… has remained unchanged

 

The school reserves the right to use particular interventions with a larger group of children which could include non-Pupil Premium children who need to overcome a barrier to their learning too

How do you know if you qualify?

  • First, check if you qualify. It is not only if you are unemployed so please check against the list overleaf.
  • Registering is really simple – speak to either myself or Vicky in the school office, we can help you do this.
  • If you wish your child to receive a free school meal at lunchtime – they will get a free healthy lunch every day (saving you more than £350 a year). However, if you do not wish your child to receive a free school meal they can continue bringing in a packed lunch as normal – the important part is registering so the school receives an extra £1,300 to spend on your child’s education.

Please note that each case is confidential, no-one will know you have registered and this does not affect any other benefits you may already be claiming.

So, please, check against the criteria below and/or come in to discuss this with us as the extra funding can make a huge difference.