Introduced in April 2011 by the government, Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. It supports disadvantaged pupils and closes the attainment gap between them and their peers. These include pupils from low income families who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, children in care, and children of armed service personnel.
What are the aims of the Pupil Premium?
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children. The link between free school meal eligibility and underachievement has been recognised. The Pupil Premium seeks to tackle this inequality in educational outcomes. The Premium is intended to help schools to provide targeted support to improve the life chances of children from lower income families and young people who face additional challenges in their lives so that they can reach their full potential. How Pupil Premium is used at Greenhaugh First School
Pupil Premium 2017 - 2018 - Grant of £6600 Funding for 2017-2018 was used to maintain staffing levels to provide Quality First teaching within a small class size and appropriate interventions and challenge teaching put in place to ensure continued progress
A proportion of the funding was also put towards the cost of the School Meals SLA which maintains the provision of healthy meals and encourages the move from packed lunches to hot meals.
Funding was also used to cover the cost of the class teacher being released for three days as part of the Year 4 residential visit which encourages the children to develop socially and emotionally away from their usual environment.
Pupil Premium 2016 - 2017 £2640
We have purchased reading, writing and maths interventions and have sent a class teacher and a teaching assistant on Talk Boost Key Stage 2 training.
Careful timetabling is enabling these interventions to be implemented in KS2 to the PPG children who need support with their reading and retrieval skills; their comprehension and writing skills and their speaking and listening. A small reading group intervention run by a teaching assistant, 3 sessions per week, has benefited the children involved by increasing their reading speed and retrieval skills. Impact to date (Feb 2017).
Our PPG children are expected to reach their age related potential with one child's differences diminishing significantly. Further children who joined us late, who will benefit from PPG funding in this next financial year, have been included in the current intervention schemes. There has been a positive impact on their learning from their starting points at Greenhaugh.