The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils that need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (fostered etc) and children of service personnel.
The government believes that headteachers 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.
In 2012-2013 the amount per pupil was £600. Ovingham CE First School received £13,800.
In 2013-2014 the amount per pupil is £900. Ovingham First School will be receiving £18,900. This includes £300 for a Forces/Service child.
How Ovingham CE First School used the Pupil Premium funding so far
Ovingham CE First School has chosen to focus on reading and writing for those in danger of falling behind, as reading and writing skills are recognised as vital for educational success throughout a child’s time in school and beyond.
2012-2013 – Teaching Assistants (TA’s) were trained in interventions for reading and writing. These included Better Reading Partners (BRP) and Fischer Family Trust (FFT). There was a cost for training materials and TA time. Teaching Assistants spend blocks of time 1:1 with Pupil Premium pupils delivering these reading and writing interventions. This forms 25% of total Teaching Assistant time in school which is costed at £13,800 in total.
2013-2014 – We have more Teaching Assistant time in school, but still 25% of their total time is spent on reading and writing interventions, with the majority of these being with Pupil Premium pupils, some of whom are also on the SEN register.
You will be able to see from the data table, that we are very close to closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and non-disadvantaged pupils. We have been particularly successful in Year 4 where there was no gap and the attainment of all pupils was very high. In classes where there is a discrepancy, this is due to pupils having special educational needs in addition to them receiving Pupil Premium funding.