What is Pupil Premium funding?
This is a government initiative that targets extra money for particular groups of children whose learning may be vulnerable due to family circumstances. Currently the school receives funding for:
1. Children who have claimed free school meals (not universal free school meals) at any time in the past 6 years
2. Children who are looked after / in public care
3. Services children at any time for the last 3 years 4. Children who are adopted or under special guardianship.
The principle of Pupil Premium funding is to:
1. Narrow the achievement gap between Pupil Premium children and other children
2. Improve life chances
3. Give equality of opportunities.
Pupil Premium at Spooner Row Primary
The governing body at Spooner Row Primary is committed to ensuring that the school’s vision of achieving success together results in all children having equality of opportunity at school. We have high expectations and ambitions for all our children and believe that no child should be left behind or be denied the wider opportunities the school has to offer.
Our Pupil Premium funding is used:
1. To meet our statutory duties. We pay for school meals for those children who are entitled to free school meals.
2. To enhance provision that is sustainable, creates opportunities for all children in the school and directly improves the outcomes for children in receipt of Pupil Premium.
o Additional learning support in the classroom.
o Nurture groups. o Intervention groups.
o Funding extra-curricular activities and trips for all Pupil Premium children.
o Provision of Forest Schools activities
Monitoring of Pupil Premium Funding
1. We regularly promote the take-up of free school meals by parents through newsletters and the website. We use national data to find out if children have been entitled to free school meals in a previous school. This ensures school receives the funding it is entitled to so that all eligible children receive the opportunities provided by the school.
2. We monitor the staffing we use to support nurture groups, intervention and learning in the classroom by looking at the impact this has on children’s learning, attainment and progress. School has a rigorous tracking system which regularly reviews every child’s progress in school and action is taken to ensure the needs of all children are met.
3. We want children to see that learning is something enjoyable and can also happen beyond the school day. We fund Pupil Premium children for school trips, extra-curricular activities and music instrument lessons.