The Government believes that the Pupil Premium which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between 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 Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid directly to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings the local authority decides how to allocate the Pupil Premium. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
Implications at Hebden Green
Hebden Green targets its Pupil Premium spending on core group needs identified through a specific and focused assessment of pupils identified. This assessment often identifies areas of similarity of need where funding can be used in a meaningful way to enact significant change for a majority of pupils who receive PP funding. This may be linked to:
main category of SEND
secondary SEND/barrier to learning identified through qualitative data such as teacher observation, formal multiagency reporting, pupil and parental feedback
secondary SEND/barrier to learning identified through quantitative data such as Connecting steps, attendance data, subject specific assessment or statistical review of Cpoms
Where necessary the Pupil Premium is also used to enhance individual pupil provision through the purchase of resources such as:
additional staff support
equipment linked to barriers to learning
It is important to note that the school will strive to use PP funding to create real change and therefore costings additional to those that can be supported by the allocation of PP will be funded directly by the school.