What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in mainstream schools and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The extra grant is to ensure that any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and other pupils are narrowed.
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces; this was £200 in 2011-12 and rose to £250 for 2012-13. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
How much funding does the school get?
The school receives £600 per pupil who is in receipt of free school meals. The amount the school received in 2011 was £1290 and in 2012 the amount was £6780 (this includes a back dated amount from the Department for Education fro those pupils who received FSM in the last five years)
What does the school spend the money on?
We plan how this money will support Free School Meal (FSM) pupils and evaluate its impact. The Sutton Trust recently produced a report revealing which kinds of support and interventions are most beneficial and the school has borne this information in mind when taking decisions. Currently the school is using the money in the following ways:
- One to One teacher support for Free School Meal Pupils
- Individual Teaching Assistant Support
- Subsidising Year 5 & 6 residential visits so pupils can attend
- A contribution to 'Skipton Extended Learning for All' (SELFA) to enable pupils to attend holiday clubs
What difference is it making?
Attainment and achievement of pupils in receipt of 'Pupil Premium' was very impressive. All pupils gained level 4+ and 75% pupils gained level 5 + in reading, writing and maths. They all made beyond expected progress and their attendance was outstanding. All pupils represented the school in drama, music and sports.