The Pupil Premium Grant is an allocation of additional money received from the Government in order to help key groups of children to do well in school. These groups include any child who has been in receipt of Free School Meals in the last 6 years, children in care or children of Armed Services Families.
The intention of Pupil Premium Funding is to enable schools to offer direct support and targeted intervention to the intended groups of pupils with the aim of narrowing gaps in pupil achievement. The support may involve additional staff, 1:1 time, staffing support for groups of children, funding to support enrichment e.g. extra-curricular and curricular opportunities, purchasing of additional resources to enhance learning or other activities that help raise attainment and achievement and help children progress.
The impact of Pupil Premium Funding can be found here. Pupil Premium funding and reviews of impact are discussed regularly with our staff and with the Governing Body. Confidentiality and anonymity is always maintained.
Additional information can be found upon the Department for Education website at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/pupil-premium. Any parents who are unsure if they qualify for Free School Meals should speak with the Head Teacher at the school or look on the Swindon Borough Council website at Free school meals | Swindon Borough Council.
Although children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to receive a daily Universal Infant Free School Meal, it is still important to advise our school if you think your child may be eligible for the free school meal grant, because the school will then receive additional funds to support and enhance learning.
The impact on educational attainment of pupils in receipt of the ‘pupil premium grant’ is assessed using the school’s internal data tracking system.
Pupil premium funding for Bishopstone 2023/24
- Total number of pupils on roll - 40
- Total number of pupils eligible for pupil premium grant (PPG) - 8
- Total amount of PPG received - £14,100
How should the money be spent?
It is entirely up to individual schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent, however there is an expectation that schools can prove the impact this money has had on its disadvantaged pupils. It is imperative that as a school we fully understand each of our disadvantaged pupils and know exactly what they need to help them to reach their limitless potential.
We acknowledge that no one child is the same and therefore ensure the support they receive is tailored to their individual needs; whether it be welfare support, individualised learning programmes, enrichment activities to boost confidence, self-esteem and general enriching experiences or even support to develop friendships.
At Bishopstone CE Primary we seek to ensure the effectiveness of our use of the pupil premium funding. We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and therefore attempt to be innovative in the support that we provide. We evaluate our support plans throughout the year and make changes if we feel that it is necessary.
We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are accessible for everyone. We work with families and colleagues to make sure everyone has high aspirations for all pupils. We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice on our school council and other pupil groups.
Some ways in which we plan to spend the money:
Enriching the curriculum
- Quality first teaching strategies
- Subsidised class trips
- Free second hand school uniform
- Intervention groups
- Access to Family Support Worker and ELSA
- Free places given to after school enrichment clubs
- Tailoring each intervention to suit each child
- Small group support
- English as an additional language support
- Homework clubs
- High quality after school club opportunities
- Emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA) trained staff
- Friendship circles
- Trauma training for staff
- Intensive training for teaching staff in further developing quality first teaching strategies in the classroom
Extending school support
- Subsidised school journeys
- Subsidised music lessons
- Reading and maths workshops for parents
How we plan to demonstrate impact of spending
- We have a designated pupil premium lead.
- Pupil premium is very much at the top of the school’s agenda and tracking systems are put in place to show the impact of each intervention being provided.
- Advice and support has been sought from a variety of agencies in order to ensure we are being innovative in the way the money is being spent and maximum impact is being achieved.
- A designated governor has been allocated to ensure the PPG is being effectively spent.
How often will funding be reviewed?
Pupil premium expenditure will be reviewed at the end of each intervention where appropriate and each term for ongoing support.