The Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is allocated 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.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The Sutton Trust has researched ways to utilise this finding, highlighting aspects which will have the greatest benefit to learning. Sutton Trust website.
In 2016-17 the school received £82,852 and for this year, 2017-18, the school will receive £75,240. A report of how the school used this income can be seen in the document below.
Chambersbury Primary School has selected the following ways to support pupil learning, using Pupil Premium funding for 2017-18:
- One-To-One Tuition & Early Intervention. One to One Tuition is provided during the Autumn and Spring Terms for those pupils, primarily in Year 6, identified as needing additional support. This has proved to be very effective in raising pupil attainment. Early Intervention strategies during 2017-18 will be more evident for pupils in Years 4 and 5.
- Early morning Booster Classes (4 per week) are organised in the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms for children in Years 4 to 6
- Saturday Booster Classes. These are provided in the Spring and Summer term for children, in both Years 5 and 6.
- Easter School – This is provided during the Easter holidays again for those pupils, primarily in Year 6, identified as needing additional support.
- Breakfast Club. Providing a breakfast and additional opportunities for learning. Attendance also supports those children who normally arrive school late, thus impacting on their learning.
- Wellbeing: to address the personal, social and emotional needs of pupils through counselling, mentoring and interventions to allow learning to take place.
- To use data and pupil achievement meetings to identify target groups and individuals.
- Training for staff in teaching and learning.
- Resources for ICT to enhance pupil learning.
- Discounted Trips and Visits. All children have opportunities to experience a wide range of life experiences through trips and visits. These are subsidised.
- To employ additional teaching assistants to support Pupil Premium children with a view to closing gaps in learning.