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 2019-20 the school received £58,713 and for this year, 2020-21, the school will receive £54,265. A report of how the school used this income can be seen in the document below.
At Chambersbury Primary School we use our pupil premium funding in a range of ways taking into account our school Mission statement. In order to encourage children to be ‘change makers’ it is important that we focus on the development of the ‘whole child’. We aim to do this in a variety of ways such as funding Teaching assistants for additional hours to support children in personalised and small group interventions throughout the school day. This includes support for social and emotional needs as well as academic learning.
We also use the funding to
1. Promote positive partnerships with parents by creating an inclusive and welcoming culture. The School invests significantly in Family workers and Teaching Staff to engage them. Family Workers provide ties that bind the school to families that have had mixed experiences of education themselves, or may be facing chronic or acute family difficulties. They are valued by both school leaders and families in equal measure. They support with many aspects of family life, but with a clear expectation that their role improves attendance, punctuality, access to resources and enable children to take part in all elements of school life, including trips and outings. They also support families during parent consultations and transition and encourage eligible families to register for free school meals.
2. Run Booster Classes in the spring and summer Terms to prepare Year 5 and 6 pupils for SATs.
3. Purchase Resources for ICT and Sport to enhance pupil learning.
4. Provide Enhancing opportunities and enrichment to help to compensate for social and financial disadvantage. All children have had opportunities to experience a wide range of life experiences through trips and visits. Using the Pupil Premium for enrichment activity is effective in closing the social and cultural gap between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers, by offering new experiences that helps to build up pupils’ cultural capital. The Pupil Premium grant will be used to fund or subsidise other interventions to create cultural capital, raise aspirations and extend pupils’ experiences by providing opportunities to learn outside the classroom: through subsidies for trips and visits and inviting visitors into school (writers, artists, sports coaches)