What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers.
Currently, the premium is worth £1320 and goes to pupils who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for (FSM) in the past six years, children in care, adopted children and service children also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium.
The Premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported. The Government considers the above groups as indicators of deprivation, and has provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Frittenden we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
What is the school’s allocation of Pupil Premium Funding?
(+ £2,610 Recovery Premium)
What percentage of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?
The figures for Pupil Premium Eligibility are taken from the school census (typically January, but October census for the 2022/23 financial year). At this time, we had 18.
18% of pupils on roll who were eligible for Pupil Premium Funding.
What is our Pupil Premium strategy?
- to eliminate the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils at Frittenden CEP School
- for all disadvantaged pupils in school to meet or exceed nationally expected progress rates
- for all disadvantaged pupils to access to the rich extra-curricular provision on offer and be well-rounded individuals who achieve their ambitions and flourish in life
- to support our pupils’ health and well-being to enable to access learning.
We aim to do this through:
- Frequent monitoring of qualitative and quantitative data to ensure accurate and timely identification of pupils in need of support
- Ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils and that where pupils have specific needs that these are addressed through high quality, evidence-based interventions led by appropriately trained staff
- Provided good quality CPD for all staff to raise the profile and attainment for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding
- Close monitoring of attendance and punctuality
- Ensuring that vulnerable learners have access to high quality pastoral and mental health support
- When making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
At Frittenden CEP School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of attainment, will be used to inform progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
We have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
- Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment.
- Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions.
- Ensuring there is at least good teaching.
- Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.
- All staff know who their focus children are. Teachers will mentor pupil premium children in their class on a weekly basis.
- Pupil progress is further scrutinised at pupil progress meetings six times a year. Progress of these pupils is compared to progress of all pupils.
- Funding is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.
- We have revised our assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to maximise impact.
Where will the funding be used in the 2022-2023 academic year?
Click on the link below to see how we plan to spend our pupil premium funding over the next academic year.
What has been the impact of the Pupil Premium Funding over the past academic year?
Click on the link below to look at how we are closing the gaps between pupil premium children and their peers.
When is our Pupil Premium strategy reviewed?
Our pupil premium strategy will be reviewed in July every year, with a mid-year budget review in February.
Should you wish to look at Pupil Premium funding use this link:
If you would like to find out more about who is eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office.