Pupil Premium Report
Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools to support disadvantaged pupils and to help to close the attainment gap between them and their peers across the country.
Funding is allocated for pupils who are registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years or are Looked After Children. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. The premium was introduced by the DfE in 2001 and is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and those that are not by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
- the reports for parents that schools have to publish online
Use of Pupil Premium at Elvetham Heath Primary School
At Elvetham Heath Primary School we have high expectations for all our pupils and work hard to ensure that all pupils make good progress across the school and achieve their best. Each pupil’s progress is evaluated at four milestones over the course of the year through Cohort Progress Meetings and additional support is provided for any pupils at risk of not making good progress. One of our Deputy Headteachers, Mrs Debbie Nicholass, has particular responsibility for ensuring that there is high quality provision for children receiving Free school Meals or who are Looked After. The Deputy Headteacher meets with the designated Pupil Premium Governor once a term.
The Deputy Headteacher closely monitors and evaluates the academic progress and attainment of each Pupil Premium child and the associated groups.
Pupils who display any behavioural or social difficulties are assessed through the use of the Boxall Profile. These assessments provide the school with a baseline ‘level’ from which individual targets for improvement can be based and any intervention put in place. At the start of each term, when the children are reassessed, this allows us to evaluate the impact of these interventions on learning.
Financial tracking of expenditure is closely monitored alongside the children’s attainment and is reported to governors. Teachers and support staff are aware of those pupils in their classes who are in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding and are responsible are for planning and teaching that meets their needs. During progress meetings Pupil Premium children are monitored and tracked. Interventions are put into place to support the children.
The number of pupils receiving Free School Meals at Elvetham Heath is low compared with schools nationally.
Pupil Premium Funds allocated in 2017 - 2018 Budget £63,038 (54 pupils)
Pupil Premium Funds allocated in 2018 - 2019 Budget £67,460 (52 pupils)
Pupil Premium Funds allocated in 2019 - 2020 Budget £55,440 (42 pupils) .
The impact of Pupil Premium support at Elvetham Heath Primary School can be seen in the reports below.