The pupil premium is allocated to schools for the following:
Eligibility and funding
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in January each year from the following groups.
Free school meals
Schools get £955 for every primary age pupil, or £1345 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
Looked-after and previously looked-after children
Schools get £2,345 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan.
The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different.
Schools get £310 for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
The DFE offer the following guidance:
In most cases the pupil premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are the best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
However they also state that:
Schools are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
Barriers to Learning
When we make decisions regarding the use of Pupil Premium funding it is important that we consider the context of the school and the challenges faced by our pupils. We recognise that pupils can experience many barriers to their learning and that these barriers can be long term, short term or can change over time. We believe that it is vital that these barriers are identified and addressed in order for our pupils to achieve their maximum potential. Typical barriers to learning experienced by our pupils at Oakfield include:
- lack of support at home
- low levels of aspiration
- social and emotional difficulties
- lack of resilience
- low confidence and self-esteem
- lack of resources to support home learning
- family conflict and social problems
- a narrow range of experiences
Key Objectives (based on barriers to learning)
- To support social and emotional development enabling disadvantaged children to learn effectively.
- To provide quality-first teaching, including high quality, immediate feedback and enhanced levels of support
- To accelerate pupil progress and raise attainment
- To broaden experiences and widen opportunities for children
- To develop the ’whole-child’ by providing an enriched, holistic curriculum.
The purpose of this report is to inform parents, carers and governors how much pupil premium the school received for 2012- 2016, how it was spent and the impact it on pupils’ achievement. The report also explains how the pupil premium for 2020-2021 will be used.
The school reviews the pupil premium strategy termly.
Pupil Premium authorised by: Governors
Pupil Premium lead: Lee Thompson
Governor Lead: Huw Jones
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