Pupil Premium

 

craedit8.jpgWhat is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals and who are Looked After Children. This is because the DfE have recognised that good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. This is particularly true for children from low-income families, or who are Looked After Children, research shows that without intervention these children are far less likely to leave schools with good GCSE results than other children. The Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.

The DfE have stated that schools have the right to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.  There is obvious accountability that serves to ensure that the money is used effectively and to the benefit of these key groups.

Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.”

This money is used for additional support and resources to directly target these children or indirectly through releasing time for teachers to provide small group support. At Craven Primary Academy we use our funding for a range of purposes suited to the individual needs of our children.

Please read some of our case studies below to see the impact of pupil premium funding.  A full report of our spending and the impact of this can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Child A

KS1 Level

End of KS2 Level

Average school attendance (years 1-5)

Y6 attendance

Reading

1B

4C

Writing

1B

4B

82.3%

93.4%

Maths

1A

4A

This child was a regular non-attender throughout their time at Craven. In order to ensure that this child was at school as much as possible, the child was assigned an attendance mentor who took time to speak to them and followed up any absences. This dramatically improved the child’s attendance by 11%! They would receive regular 1:1 tuition that focused on addressing the work they had missed through poor attendance. They also benefitted from the extra Lexia licenses the school purchased to help improve the child’s spelling.  This child made excellent progress during their time at Craven Primary Academy and managed to progress from a level 1 in KS1 to a level 4 in everything in Y6 SATs! As well as the above, the Pupil Premium money also helped this child as it paid for the following:

  • Childrens University trips
  • School trip to Alton Towers
  • Mathletics
  • Ice Skating

Child B

KS1 Level

End of KS2 Level

Average school attendance (years 1-5)

Y6 attendance

Reading

2B

5C

Writing

2C

4B

95%

95%

Maths

2C

4B

This child found maths hard at the beginning of year 6. At the beginning of the school year, they were a level 3B, but the school used the Pupil Premium money to pay for a week long intensive maths course. After the child returned to school they had so much more confidence in maths and was able to achieve level 4. The 1:1 booster sessions funded by the pupil premium money also contributed towards this child achieving a fantastic level 5, even though they were only a 3A at the beginning of the year! As well as the above mentioned, this child also received the following from the Pupil Premium funding,

  • Childrens University trips
  • Alton Towers
  • After School Boosters
  • Mathletics
  • Success at Arithmetic
  • Ice Skating
  • First Steps Dance clubs.

Child C

KS1 Level

End of KS2 Level

Average school attendance (years 1-5)

Y6 attendance

Reading

3C

5B

Writing

2B

5B

81.3%

89.2%

Maths

2B

5C

This child was a regular non-attender throughout their time at Craven. In order to ensure that this child was at school as much as possible, the child was assigned an attendance mentor who took time to speak to them and followed up any absences This dramatically improved the child’s attendance by 8%!

They received regular 1:1 tutor sessions throughout the year focusing on addressing the gaps in learning they had missed through absence.  This child attended the first steps dance club, subsidised by the Pupil Premium money. They made excellent progress in writing and math, achieving level 5 in both!

  • Children’s University trips
  • Alton Towers
  • 1:1 Tuition
  • After School Boosters
  • First Steps
  • Attendance mentor

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