Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are eligible in one of the following ways:
Free school meals: Primary schools get £1,345 for every primary age pupil who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
Looked-after and previously looked-after children: Schools get £2,345 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Schools also get £310 for every pupil with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence. This funding is to help with pastoral support.
At Lindhead School, we used a tired approach to the use of Pupil Premium funding, in line with Government DfE guidance:
- Quality Teaching for all - arranging training and professional development and improving resources available for all staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
- Targeted support - improving engagement, offering social, emotional and pastoral support, intervention strategies; all aimed at addressing any issues which may be barriers to achievement.
- Wider approaches - helping with the cost of educational trips or visits, providing speech and language therapy, finding ways to increase pupils’ confidence and resilience, encourage pupils to be more aspirational etc. These strategies may also benefit non-eligible pupils.
The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium funding supports us in achieving our overall vision and aims for all children at Lindhead School.
Our ultimate objective for our disadvantaged pupils is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas. The focus of this strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including sustained progress for those who may already be high attainers.
The key principles of our Pupil Premium Strategy are based upon equal opportunities and inclusion:
Equality of opportunity underpins the curriculum at Lindhead School; children are treated as individuals with their own needs, abilities and aptitudes. We recognise the importance of equal access to high quality education regardless of age, cultural/ethnic background, religion, social circumstances, gender, ability and disability. We understand that some children may need different resources or provision to achieve their potential and aim to provide for this.
We aim to provide for all children so that they achieve as highly as they can across the curriculum according to their individual abilities. We identify which pupils or groups of pupils are under-achieving and take steps to improve their attainment. More able children will be identified and suitable learning challenges provided. Children with identified Special Educational Needs or Disability may receive tailored support according to their individual plans, including individualised provision for children with EAL if appropriate. Children who are identified as having additional needs with reading will be prioritised for support by Classteachers.
Our current pupil premium strategy plan works towards achieving those objectives by identifying the challenges that some disadvantaged pupils may face and tailoring resources and provision to facilitate success and achievement.
Schools must show how they’re using their pupil premium funding:
- by publishing an online statement about how they use their funding and the impact it has on the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
- through inspections by Ofsted
- through published performance tables
Our online statement, published in December 2021, can be found at the bottom of this page.
Pupil Premium Allocations Received in each ACADEMIC Year