The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools by the Government to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Funding is based on children registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the last 6 years or children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer (CLA). The money is paid to schools according to the numbers of children who are in receipt of FSM or who are CLA.
How is Pupil Premium used?
The Government believes it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils at their school.
As part of inclusive philosophy, we aim to provide the very best education for all of our children, In pursuit of this, we use Pupil Premium funding to benefit those children who need additional support at the right level and at the right time and to ensure a lower adult:child ratio than in most schools.
At Caton CPS we have a lower than national average, number of children who are eligible for FSM or CLA funding.
Our school information (data from Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 statutory tests) shows that children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding perform in line with children who are not in receipt of additional funding. This indicates that the school continues to work tirelessly to ensure that those children who may experience difficulties are monitored closely and make expected progress throughout their school life. This is commonly referred to as `closing the gap`.
An example of how Pupil Premium (£1320) may be allocated to support a child in KS2
Free School Meal costs (190 days @ £2.20 minimum) – £418
Residential, outdoor education enrichment, visit (100% of full cost) – £200
Musical instrument lessons (50% of full cost, 34 lessons per year) – £68
Additional activities (1 per term x 3 per year) – £45
Teaching assistant (2 hours per week, 38 weeks per year) – £608
The allocation of funding is decided on an accurate assessment of the child`s / family needs each year. Parents are encouraged to discuss any support or additional costs throughout the year with the Head Teacher.
Parental feedback indicates a positive response to this `personal` and `shared` approach to ensuring the children experience the same opportunities as their peers.
NB: It is thought that there has been a reduction in the number of families claiming Pupil Premium FSM due to the introduction of the KS1 free school meal scheme.
Our school has actively sought to inform parents of the other support offered through Pupil Premium beyond the provision of a free school meal. This has been done through newsletters, parents meetings for outdoor educational visits, advertising posters and communication through staff directly to parents.