At Langshott Primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium funding represents a significant proportion of our budget and in our policy we aim to outline how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is in addition to main school budget allocation, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. The aim is to ensure that this funding tackles disadvantage and reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for children within their responsibility.
Barriers to Learning
We aim to personalise the learning and support that we offer for children who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding, therefore each child has an Individual Support Plan (ISP) which identifies: Barriers to learning; Targets and Actions. These plans are reviewed termly. We recognise that it is not just academic barriers that children have to learning therefore our 2016 strategy for improvement looks at the academic, engagement and enrichment barriers to learning and how we aim to overcome these barriers for children who qualify for Pupil Premium funding. Some of the ways we have spent the funding include:
- Emotial Learning Support Assistant (ELSA)
- Subsidised Trips
- Music Lessons
- Reading, Writing and Maths Interventions
- Peer Tution
- Developing Teachers' CPD in marking and feedback and Growth Mind Set
All children who qualify for Pupil Premium funding have an Individual Support Plan (ISP) written for them to ensure that their individual needs are being met. These plans are reviewed and updated termly. Part of the review process will include looking at internal data and tracking the progress of their Reading, Writing and Maths. All interventions are tracked and the impact is analysed at the end of each term or half term. Where there is no 'hard data' to measure impact, One Page Profiles allow children to reflect on how the school meets their needs and the impact engagement/enrichment opportunities have had on them. This allows us to ensure that we are spending money in areas that have significant impact on the child.
We review Pupil Premium strategy termly alongside the Senior Leadership Team, teachers and Governors. Our policy forms part of our policy cycle and will be next reviewed during the Autumn Term 2019.
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the headteacher.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.