Pupil Premium at Friskney All Saints CofE (Aided) Primary School
Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families. This is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals. It is important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents/carers must have applied and be entitled if they want one.
It also includes:
First introduced in April 2011, the level of the premium in 2011 – 12 was £488 per pupil; it has increased to over the past years and now stands at £1320. This money is for schools to decide how to use but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of the children from less privileged backgrounds.
This is one of the current coalition government’s key educational policies. It’s based findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for free school meals.
Find out more about whether your child might be eligible. Even if you choose not to have school dinner, the pupil premium will benefit the pupil and the school. Please ask for our ‘Pupil Premium Eligibility Letter’ which is also available on our website.
At Friskney All Saints Primary School it is our aim to support every child in whatever way we can. This is done by providing excellent, high quality classroom learning delivered by teachers and teaching assistants. This is supplemented by a variety of high quality, small group interventions to support vulnerable learners. These interventions are introduced as and when appropriate and most often in consultation with parents, teachers and other support agencies.
Our School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions and this includes funding such as the Pupil Premium.
What were the main recommendations from OFSTED’s report on Pupil Premium Spending?
School leaders, including governing bodies, should ensure that Pupil Premium funding is not simply absorbed into mainstream budgets, but instead is carefully targeted at the designated children. They should be able to identify clearly how the money is being spent.
School leaders, including governing bodies, should evaluate their Pupil Premium spending, avoid spending it on activities that have little impact on achievement for their disadvantaged pupils, and spend it in ways known to be most effective.
Schools should continue to seek ways to encourage parents and carers to apply for free school meals where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as barriers to its take-up.
Local authorities should ensure that there is greater consistency and transparency in the way in which the Pupil Premium is allocated to non-mainstream schools.
Ofsted should continue to evaluate the use of Pupil Premium funding by schools to ensure that they are focusing it on disadvantaged pupils and using it effectively.
At Friskney All Saints school our designated Pupil Premium lead is charged with the close monitoring of all Pupil Premium funding. In conjunction with the Head Teacher, they will also evaluate the way funding is being spent and what impact this is having on Pupil Premium children.