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 £300 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.
- The Headteacher will be responsible for Pupil Premium provision, with specific responsibilities taken by other members of staff
- The Governing Body is directly involved in monitoring the use of Pupil Premium funding and supports the Headteacher in raising aspirations and expectations for all pupils and making decisions about provision
- The School Business Manager will provide income and expenditure reports
- We will ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils, since our primary purpose is to ensure that quality first teaching is provided throughout the school.
- We value the contribution that Pupil Premium funding is able to make to training for staff in key knowledge and skills
- We will ensure that appropriate provision is made to meet the needs of pupils who belong to vulnerable groups and this includes ensuring that socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. We recognise however, that not all pupils who attract this additional funding will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered. We support and encourage parent/carers in their application where appropriate.
- Barriers to learning at our school include financial, social, emotional and special educational needs.
- Pupil Premium funding will be directed towards priority groups and individuals and may include non Pupil Premium children with similar needs.
- Some funding will be directed at pastoral support to children and their families
Maintained schools, such as Lindhead, must publish:
For the current academic year:
- The school’s pupil premium allocation
- A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils
- How the pupil premium allocation will be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for your approach
- How your school will measure the impact and effect of its pupil premium spending
- The date of your school's next pupil premium strategy revie
For the previous academic year:
- Details of how the pupil premium allocation was spent
- Information on the impact this had on eligible and other pupils
The DfE understands that due to coronavirus and school closures, it won't be possible to evaluate the impact of your pupil premium for all of the 2019/20 academic year. Schools have been asked to monitor and report on the grant's impact at the end of the 2020/21 financial year. This report will cover the whole period between September 2019 and March 2021. Therefore, we are in the process of updating our Pupil Premium documentation.
Pupil Premium Allocations Received in each ACADEMIC Year
|September 2016||August 2017 Actual allocation||£30,413|
|September 2017||August 2018 Actual allocation||£31,668|
|September 2018||August 2019 Actual allocation||£30,000|
|September 2019||August 2020 Actual allocation||£36,260|
|September 2020||Indicative allocation||£42,660|