The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school
funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children
eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle
disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with
pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for
more than six months, and children of service personnel.
This year (2016-2017) the Pupil Premium allocation is £133.320
Last academic year (2015-2016) the Pupil Premium allocation was £154,930
How we use Pupil Premium funding
At Shapla Pupil Premium funding is used strategically to ensure maximum impact on attainment, as follows:
- Employment of additional teaching staff, support provided in years 5 & 6, EYFS and KS1. In years 3 & 4 a supply teacher provides PPA cover. Where three teachers are working across two classes this greatly reduces pupil:teacher ratios and allows for targeted teaching to meet individual needs. This ensures high levels of progress are achieved in all ability groups.
- Learning Mentor support for children in Key Stage 2. The Learning Mentor identifies and removes individual barriers to learning to enable positive attitudes to learning, and good progress.
- Additional Teaching Assistant support for individuals in class, and in small groups where there is an identified additional learning need (eg handwriting/ Wordshark, Direct Phonics, Speech and Language, maths catch up).
- Attendance and Welfare officer monitors attendance and works with families to improve this.
Impact of Pupil Premium (2015 - 2016)
Please click (updating info ) here to find out the impact of Pupil Premium funding and in comparison to national data.