At Knockhall Primary School we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children, and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are committed to ensuring that our children have equal opportunities to achieve their full potential. To ensure this happens, schools in England are provided additional funding through a Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).
Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is used to specifically address inequalities between children children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The funding for the academic year is split in two. The first half is September-March and the second half is April-August.
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made in supporting individual pupils and they use this to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students.
‘It is for schools to decide on how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per free schools meal pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupil within their responsibility’ DfE.
Ofsted’s inspection handbook explains that inspectors look at how well the governing body hold school leaders to account for using the pupil premium effectively. They also look at any differences made to the learning and progress of disadvantaged pupils, as shown by outcomes data and inspection evidence.
Inspectors can recommend an external review of the use of the pupil premium if they identify weakness in the school’s provision for disadvantaged pupils.
- Pupils in Reception or Years 1 to 11 recorded as ‘ever 6 free school meals (FSM)’ (meaning they have been registered as eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years);
- Looked after children (LAC) and post-LAC;
- Children from Services families
A pupil is eligible for FSM if their parents receive certain benefits, such as income support, or if the child receives these benefits in their own right.
Our school is committed to increasing the rate of progress and overall achievement for children based on assessment of children’s needs, drawing on evidence of effective practice. Pupil Premium is not a personal budget for individual children, and we are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible children. As a school we note evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation that suggests spending is most effective when targeted through three key areas of focus:
- Quality First Teaching & Learning – all children are entitled to this provision and is delivered through our broad, balanced, and bespoke curriculums
- Targeted academic support – strategies include one to one and small group learning
- Wider strategies – a focus on social and emotional development, attendance, behaviour and family engagement strategies.
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds
To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.
Please click below for our current Pupil Premium Strategy Statement