Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of pupils from low income families and diminish the difference between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This is known as 'Ever 6 FSM'.
Schools will also receive funding for children who have been 'Looked After' (in Local Authority care), were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship or residency order, and children of service personnel.
Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. The Government believed that it is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities in the academic performance of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their 'wealthier' peers by providing additional support to the pupils who need it most.
The table below shows the amount of children per year group who will receive Pupil Premium funding for the academic year 2016/17. In total 37% of children at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery (GPS&N) receive Pupil Premium funding.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6||Year R||Total|
|Pupils who receive Pupil Premium||31||40||46||40||40||36||31||264|
|Percentage of pupils who receive Pupil Premium||26%||34%||42%||44%||44%||61%||26%||37%|
The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) combines a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England. This allows each area to be ranked relative to one another according to their level of deprivation. The Local Authority can use pupils' postcodes to rank the 453 Kent primary schools in terms of IMD. Garlinge Primary School is ranked 13 out of 453 schools (September 2016) with 1 being the most deprived; this is a drop of 9 places from 2014 - 2015. However, against this change to contextual data, standards of attainment have risen for all children including those in receipt of additional Pupil Premium funding and KS2 SATs results for 2016 are above National Averages for most key performance indicators.
At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium funding, along with allocations made from the school's own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
The Governors, Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and all members of teaching staff monitor the attainment and progress of children very carefully. ALL children's progress is discussed at termly progress meetings and where additional support is deemed necessary, Pupil Premium is frequently used to increase the opportunities that we are able to offer.
Funding is predominantly targeted at the improvement in attainment and progress in English and Maths as well as pupil well-being, but Garlinge Primary School and Nursery recognises the need to provide a varied and stimulating curriculum, and provides opportunities to all of our children using Pupil Premium.
"It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility."
Source - DfE website
Our teachers are accountable for pupils' attainment, progress and outcomes. (Teacher Standards). We have high expectations of our teachers and provide them with a strong level of support and professional development opportunities to constantly improve their practice.
We have embedded a robust monitoring system based on termly tracking to ensure that all pupils achieve at least expected progress. Pupils identified as not making expected progress are rapidly identified and strategies put in place to address under performance.
Where it is identified that a class/group is achieving well then a percentage of children are identified as a focus group for above expected progress, with an emphasis on Pupil Premium. The school has focused on developing teachers' skills in assessment and methods of teaching that effectively meet the needs of groups and individuals for next step learning.
Our Pupil Premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children's attainment and self-belief.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the school's aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
To monitor progress and attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort's attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
The school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for Pupil Premium who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for one day or more also attract £1,900 of Pupil Premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn't go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for looked-after children.
A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) on the KCC website.
You will need to enter your name, address, National Insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child's name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.
For more information about free meals please contact the school office or you can find further guidance on the school website under the 'Parents' tab.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form or apply online. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.