What is Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to school by the Government to improve the attainment of distadvantaged children. This is based on research showing children from specific backgrounds and/or low income families perform less well at school than their peers.
Please find our school Pupil Premium Strategy on the tab at the bottom of this page. This document is renewed annually in December.
Who is Eligible for Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium eligibility complex due to the various criteria parameters. Below is a list of some qualifying criteria for Pupil Premium:-
ï‚· Children who qualify for FSM - see FSM information & criteria here
ï‚· Children who have a parent in HM Forces (Army, Navy or RAF)
ï‚· Children who have a parent who have died whilst serving in the Armed Forces and is eligible for Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or War Pensions Scheme as a result
ï‚· Children who have been adoped (Adoption Order)
ï‚· Children who have alternative care provisions such as a Child Arrangements Order, Special Guardianship Order or Residency Order
If you think your child may be eligible, please contact the school office to check eligibility as this funding is vital for school to be able to offer children added support.
Please note, Early Years Pupil Premium may be available for children aged 2-4. The criteria is very similar to that of main school Pupil Premium. If you believe your child may be eligible, please do not hestitate to get in touch.
Pupil Premium & Townfield Primary
At Townfield we guarantee equal access to learning opportunities and a positive educational experience for all. As explained above, the aim of Pupil Premium funding to remove the barriers to learning for these pupils and improve their current and future life opportunites. All members of teaching staff, support staff and governors accept responsibility for those pupils who qualify for pupil premium and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment.
Barriers to learning may include:
ï‚· Lack of resilience and low self-esteem
ï‚· Lack of basic skills strategies in maths leading to reduced reasoning and application skills
ï‚· Lack of understanding of strategies in reading comprehension leading to low achievement in reading
ï‚· Lack of basic phonic and spelling leading to reduced reading and writing skills
ï‚· Emotional difficulties, leading to low resilience and self-esteem
ï‚· Behavioural difficulties
Impact of Pupil Premium Funding
At Townfield Primary, we have the highest expectations for all our children, ensuring that each child reaches their full potential, both academically and socially. In order to do this, we engage in a range of strategies to issue challenge at an appropriate level, and provide support to overcome barriers to learning. We provide a rich and applied curriculum, which makes an exceptional contribution to pupils’ outcomes, and with individualised learning so that children are engaged and achieve exceptionally well now, and at the next stage of their education and in adult life.
Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) is a government initiative that targets extra funding at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have 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. At Townfield, 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.
By following the key principles below, we believe we can maximise the impact of our Pupil Premium spending:
Identification of Pupils
We will ensure that:
- All teaching staff and support staff are involved in the identification of pupil premium and vulnerable children
- All teaching staff and school governors are involved in the analysis of data
We will ensure that:
- All staff are involved in the analysis of school data so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school
- We use research (Such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit and Education Endowment Fund) to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective in closing the gap and raising the attainment and progress of our children
Ongoing Improvement of Teaching and Learning
We will ensure that:
- All children receive daily access to good teaching and increase the percentages of outstanding lessons across the school
- We set high expectations of all our children
- We continue to improve assessment through levelling, cross phase moderation and INSET with other primary schools in the Trust
- Teachers use analysis of class data to plan specifically for the strengths and areas to develop for their children to ensure optimum progress and attainment
- We continue to share good practice through modelled lessons, INSET, external training providers and provide high quality CPD for all teaching and support staff
Provision and Individualised Support
We will ensure that provision is made that:
- Facilitates each pupil’s access to education and the curriculum
- Looking at the individual needs of each child and identifying their barriers to learning
- Tailoring interventions to the specific learning needs of that child
- In particular, provides small group work and 1: 1 teaching with our support staff focused on overcoming barriers and gaps in pupils’ learning and accelerating progress and attainment
- Provide earlier interventions at EYFS & KS1 to remove/prevent barriers to learning
- Match the skills of support staff to the interventions they provide
- Ensures teaching and support staff have regular opportunities to communicate about their children and evaluate progress
- Alternative support, intervention and expertise from outside agencies is accessed and fully utilised
- Support the funding of enrichment opportunities and educational visits to enhance pupils’ learning opportunities – outside the classroom
- Continues to improve attendance and punctuality to maximise learning time
- Providing support for parents and carers to support their children’s learning within the curriculum e.g. Maths, Phonics and Reading workshops in school.
Pupil Premium Strategy
For information regarding our Pupil Premium Strategy please see documents below.