All schools receive Pupil Premium, or Disadvantaged Funding, relating to the number of pupils eligible for the additional money, in order to diminish the difference towards national expectations and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
For the year 2017-18, all schools in England received £1320 per eligible pupil rising to £1900 for looked after children. During this academic year, they include: children currently on Free School Meals (FSM), children who have received FSM within the last 6 years (Ever6) and children who are looked after (CLA).
Although all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 now get Universal Free School Meals, schools only receive the Disadvantaged or Pupil Premium funding if parents or carers are registered for Free School Meals.
At Millbridge Junior and Infant School :
- We believe that teaching and learning opportunities should meet the needs of all pupils.
- We make appropriate provision for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups including ensuring the needs disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- We closely track all pupils and determine the allocation of resources using assessment data alongside other factors to meet the needs of pupils and improve outcomes for all children.
- The governing body receive regular reports on key cohort progress including disadvantaged children and ask questions to shape the strategic direction of spending.
- Providing small group work with experienced, well qualified staff focused on diminishing differences in learning.
- 1:1 support as required including pastoral work to enable pupils to access the curriculum
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained ETAs or external agencies.
- Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading.
- All our work through the disadvantaged funding will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age-related expectations. Initially this will be in reading, maths and writing.
- Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to exceed GLD at end of Reception and achieve greater depth of learning at the end of KS1 and KS2, so that all children are challenged and have high expectations of themselves.
- Focused training for all staff to focus on quality first teaching in the classroom, supplemented by targeted interventions. This is monitored by identifying eligible children on lesson plans.
The range of provision the school makes for this group includes:
- Reducing class sizes in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning and accelerating progress.
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps in learning.
- Subsidy of booster groups during extended schools provision.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained LSAs or external agencies.
In making decisions on how to spend the Disadvantaged funds from the DfE, school has taken account of guidance from:
- NCTL Effective Pupil Premium Reviews May 2016
- EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit 2012
- Sutton Trust and EEF The Pupil Premium next steps July 2015
- Ofsted: Pupil Premium How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement 2013