What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding which is allocated to schools across England, with the central focus upon raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gaps between them and their peers.
Children who are eligible for this funding are those who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) since Summer 2009 through the Ever 6 program, as well as those who are, or have been, a Looked After Child.
The amount of money that the Academy receives for a school year is based upon the number of pupils who meet the above criteria at the time of the January Census.
At the date of the Census, Eaton Park Academy had 29% of the current cohort eligible for Pupil Premium funding (as published by www.gov.uk ), which equates to a total of £191,400.
Why has Pupil Premium been Introduced?
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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
At the heart of the school’s ambitions, there is a strong desire and passion to support disadvantaged pupils with both their academic and social needs. Through the receipt of this funding, we will ensure that:
- Teaching and learning meets the needs of all pupils.
- Appropriate support and resources are available to aid disadvantaged pupils with achieving to their highest across the curriculum, closing the attainment gaps with their peers as a result.
- Disadvantaged pupils are provided with the tools to be able to fully access each area of the curriculum.
- Effective social and emotional support is provided to assist the well-being of children.
- Disadvantaged children are provided with the exposure to out-of-class learning opportunities that they may not ordinarily experience.
As part of our vision and aims, Pupil Premium funding in school is currently being allocated to the following things:
- Additional teacher in Year 6 to support smaller class sizes in preparation for SATs.
- Additional teacher in Year 2 to enable smaller class sizes.
- Interventions specific to disadvantaged pupils, with the focus of supporting closing attainment gaps to their peers.
- All classes having their own full-time Teaching Assistant.
- Programs and resources to support the delivery of Pupil Premium interventions.
- Subsidiary for school trips and residential visits.
- Providing school uniforms and PE kits in certain cases.
- Providing discounted opportunities for disadvantaged pupils to learn an instrument, including recorders and guitars.
Pupil Premium at Eaton Park Academy
Eaton Park Academy demonstrates unwavering commitment to closing the attainment gap. We target interventions forensically and have robust tracking systems in place to establish what is making a difference and what is not.
To monitor progress on attainment, measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Eaton Park Academy, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support, and appropriate intervention.
Key Principles for using Pupil Premium:
- Eaton Park Academy carefully ring-fences the funding at the beginning of the academic year so that it is spent on a targeted group of pupils.
- Eaton Park Academy never confuses eligibility for the pupil premium with low ability, and focuses on supporting our disadvantaged pupils to achieve the highest levels.
- Eaton Park Academy thoroughly analyses which pupils are underachieving, particularly in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and why.
Maple Court Academy draws upon evidence from our own and others’ experience to allocate the funding to the activities that are most likely to have an impact on improving achievement.
- We allocate our best teachers to teach intervention groups improving mathematics, reading, and writing – or, re-deploy support teachers who have a strong track record of raising attainment in these subjects.
- The Academy uses achievement data frequently to check whether interventions or techniques are working, and make adjustments accordingly, rather than using the data retrospectively to see if something has worked.
- The Academy ensures that a designated senior leader, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Governors, have a clear overview of how the funding is being allocated, and the impact this has on pupil’s performance every term.
- The Academy ensures that class teachers know which pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, so that they can take responsibility for accelerating their progress.
- The projects that we have set up are to tackle a range of issues, e.g: attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional INSET or disadvantaged pupils, effective teaching and learning, nurture provision, attachment, advice and guidance, literacy support, targeted support and further enrichment.