In addition to the standard pupil unit funding, schools also receive additional funding to specifically address inequalilties between pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. This is called the Pupil Premium. The level of the premium for 2020/2021 financial year is £1345 per pupil.
This sum is paid for any pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). For some schools with a high percentage of FSM, this additional funding sum can be very significant (over 60K).
There is also another stream of funding for adopted/looked after children. This is called Pupil Premium Plus. This funding for 2020/2021 is £2300 per pupil.
At KPS we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We also aim to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups.
We recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals (currently or at any time in the last 6 years) are socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for free school meals.
These principles guide our spending decisions.
How our Pupil Premium Funding allocation is used
2020/21 (financial year)
4 pupils on roll @ £1345 = £5380 (national average is approximately £60,000)
1 Pupil Premium Plus pupil on roll @ £2000
We have a range of provision in place to support these pupils. This provision includes:
- providing 1:1 or small group work with a teaching assistant
- additional support for assessments and advice from specialists such as dyslexia specialists, speech therapists, educational psychologists etc.
- training staff in new intervention strategies (e.g. Switch on Reading and Switch on Writing)
- subsidising school trips and residential visits for pupils who are currently receiving FSM
- allowing pupils to access a wealth of different extra-curricular/developmental opportunities (this includes clubs and music provision)
- booster groups in the spring and summer term using additional TA support.
Our planned allocation is as follows:
- subsidising trips for this year = approximately £500
- staff training = approximately £400 (for example CAMHS Emotional Resilience training October 2019)
- booster groups = approximately £500
- the remaining balance is used to enhance our current TA provision. Additional hours have been given to a teaching assistant = approximately £4500
Impact of spending 2019/2020
This academic year was severely affected by the Covid-19 disruption. These pupils, therefore, did not receive all of the support that they required. 2 of the 4 pupils did not attend school even though we were open for the summer term.
School is focusing on ensuring that all pupils catch up with the learning they missed due to the Covid-19 disruption. These 4 pupils (along with many others who to are deemed to be requiring extra support) are being supported appropriately and closely tracked during this 20/21 academic year.
Our objective is to have all of these pupils working at a minimum of age related expectations by the end of year 6.