The Pupil Premium is allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll that are known to have been free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. Parents are strongly encouraged to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement.
The Pupil Premium is also provided for children in care who have been looked after continuously for at least six months and from this year, for children who have been in local authority care and are now adopted. Children of parents in the armed services, who face particular challenges, are also eligible for an amount of funding.
The aim is to ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to make the same progress as their peers.
We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive, or have received, free school meals, or who are in care.
At Langafel CE Primary School we take into account the following factors when deciding how to spend Pupil Premium funding:
- How to use research findings which show relative effectiveness of different interventions.
- How to adapt high quality whole class teaching to meet the needs of all pupils, and especially those eligible for Premium funding.
- How to identify the right provision for Pupil Premium pupils: what is effective for one might not be so effective for another.
- How to ensure that Pupil Premium pupils have the opportunity to apply and consolidate what they have learnt in group and individual provision.
- How to enhance provision if the pupil also has special education needs or disabilities (SEN/D).
- How to train teachers and teaching assistants so that the needs of all pupils, especially those eligible for the Pupil Premium, are met.
- How to allow pupil premium pupils the emotional and wellbeing support they need to access the curriculum.
- How to allow Pupil Premium pupils full access to an enriched curriculum.
Our Ofsted letter in March 2018 states:
This is an inclusive school with an ethos of being a real family community. The school provides good-quality learning opportunities for all regardless of their individual needs. Pupils are supportive of each other and respect their individual differences.
Highly skilled teaching assistants work well alongside teachers in lessons to provide additional support. This enables pupils, including those who are disadvantaged or who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, to make strong progress from their different starting points