"Pupils supported through the pupil premium do well. It has been used well to provide extra support to pupils in all years, as well as paying for academy trips and clubs. Pupils enjoy free access to online homework activities at home as well as in school." - Ofsted January 2014
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 from Reception to Year 11 by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who 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 six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after (continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel). (DFE 2012)
The GOV.UK website explains that a child may be eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for the school to receive Pupil Premium, if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (as long as you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
This year (2017-2018) we have been allocated £501,600
The main barriers faced by pupils:
- home environment,
- attendance and punctuality,
- social learning,
- emotional resilience,
- health and well being
A significant, additional factor is speech and language development.
Pupil Premium children are not necessarily under achievers and many of our pupils facing disadvantages narrowly fail to qualify for the supplement. Timberley Academy believes that ALL pupils can benefit from the funding. Our Pupil Premium funded activities states the following range of provision 2017 - 2018:
Booster groups for English and maths during Breakfast Club
After School Tuition
Booster groups for English
Pastoral Care Team
Speech and Language Therapists
Mini bus morning collection
Specialist Art Teacher
Same day intervention programmes
Specialist Music Teacher
Speech and language teaching assistants
Timberley Academy measures the timpact of Pupil Premium spending through:
- Statistical data - all Pupil Premium children are identified across the school assessment data collection systems and outcomes monitored and compared to non Pupil Premium children.
- Anecdotal 'soft' data - photographs and talking to the children which collect a different kind of information, equally as important in capturing outcomes for our children.
- Attendance figures - collated and reviewed on a regular basis.
Review and monitoring:
Pupil premium strategy reviews are linked to Pupil Progress meetings and are set at intervals throughout the year. A member of the Trust Board has lead responsibility for Pupil Premium to challenge the effectiveness and appropriateness of different interventions.