Pupil Premium funding is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support children who are vulnerable to underachievement and to support the narrowing of the achievement gap. Pupil Premium is funding the government have allocated to pupils in the following categories:
- Pupils who have applied for and meet the criteria for free school meals or have been eligible for free school meals within the last 6 years.
- Pupils in local authority care or who have ever been in care.
- Pupils from a military family.
This money is allocated to school budgets based on the numbers of pupils in school who are in the above categories.
The school decides how the money should be spent. In our school the money is allocated to supporting pupils reaching their potential both academically and socially. This is based on individual child's needs.
From September 2018 there are nine children eligible for free school meals, plus seven children who receive pupil premium+ (or LAC funding) and one service child. This amounts to £19,220 in the school budget. The funding has been allocated to several initiatives including:
- Effective and targeted deployment of Teaching Assistants to support children in class and deliver focused interventions.
- One to one support.
- Purchase of additional resources.
- Training opportunities for staff.
- Transition- additional support.
- For children in receipt of free school meals £50 towards school uniform costs.
- Funding educational visits and other extracurricular activities.
The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team of Dobcroft Infant School accept the responsibility for the use of its Pupil Premium Funding to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), who are in care, who have been in care, or military families and other children nationally. The funding will be used to remove barriers to learning and ensure each student participates fully in all aspects of school life and reaches his/her full potential.
Dobcroft Infant school provides a wide range of initiatives to ensure children who have been awarded Pupil Premium funding, reach their full potential, these currently include but are not exclusive to:
- Accelerating progress in core areas of the curriculum.
- Intensive literacy support from Read Write Inc Programme to improve phonics and spelling across the whole school.
- Same day maths interventions where necessary.
- Timetabled support in the Butterfly Room for those children in need of intensive support in some areas.
- Engagement with extracurricular activities and sport.
- Multi-sensory learning.
- Speech and Language therapy (SALT)
- Theraplay and social groups
The Headteacher reports to the Governors, progress made towards diminishing the difference. The link Governor for Pupil Premium is Rachael Martin and she meets with the Headteacher once a term to discuss progress and impact in more detail this is then general points are then shared at full Governors meetings.
The governors ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the PP funding has been used. This task is carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.
If you need any information further to this, or on any other aspect of information provided on the website, please feel free to contact the school office.
To apply for Free School Meals/Milk/Pupil Premium Funding
For information about eligibility for Free School Meals/Milk/Pupil Premium Funding