Pupil Premium: Using this funding to make a difference at Beckfoot Allerton Primary School and Nursery
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After), the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.
We are determined that all pupils are given the best possible chance to achieve their full potential through the highest standards of Quality First Teaching, focussed support, curriculum enrichment, and pastoral care. We believe the additional provision delivered through the Pupil Premium funding should be available to all pupils within school who we know to be disadvantaged and vulnerable, irrespective of whether they are eligible for the funding. Indeed, it should be noted that many of the pupils identified as requiring additional levels of support are not necessarily those who fulfil the FSM eligibility criteria. There is no expectation that all Pupil Premium funded pupils will receive identical support and the allocation of the budget for each pupil feeds into the whole school budget as opposed to being ring fenced. The school considers best ways to allocate Pupil Premium money annually following rigorous data analysis and the careful consideration of the needs of the pupils.
Following our last Ofsted report, the school has undertaken an external review of the ways in which Pupil Premium funding is used. We have used this and the EEF guidance report (2019)* to develop a clear, strategic 3-part model approach for Pupil Premium funding provision, which focuses on the following:
- whole-school strategies that impact on all pupils
- focussed support to target under-performing pupils
- specific support targeting pupil premium pupils
Our determined and committed leadership team and wider staff ensure that Pupil Premium funding and provision impacts achievement, attendance and pastoral care. This includes the Head, Deputy Head teacher and Assistant Head teachers who are responsible for monitoring provision and outcomes, and the wider staff team to implement and evaluate provision. The Deputy Head teacher regularly evaluates pupil premium outcomes compared to other pupils in school to ensure the correct strategies and provision are in place.
*EEF Guidance Report (2019)Pupil Premium Evaluation of 2018-19 (1)
Pupil Premium Strategy for Planned Expenditure 2019-20 for website