WHAT IS PUPIL PREMIUM?
Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in 2011-2012 as an additional contribution to main school funding for schools to “…address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.” (DfE April 2012)
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Pupil Premium funding was extended in 2012-2013 to include funding for children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
What does this mean for Access School?
In 2016/17 we attracted £19,912 of Pupil Premium funding. This equates to 65% of pupils on roll achieving eligibility with an average of £1,171 per eligible pupil.
What do we spend the additional funding on at Access School?
The DfE states that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they recognise that we are “…best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DfE April 2012)
We work closely with the both the SEN teams and Virtual Schools in Local Authorities to ensure that the Pupil Premium spending has a direct and positive impact on the young person.
At Access School we have used our Pupil Premium in unique and highly effective ways to not only enhance the learning for the pupils but also to remove both social and emotional barriers to learning.
Some of the pupil premium spend includes:
- A full-sized weather proof tepee to provide a reflection space which can also offer an alternative and fun learning environment.
- Training for school staff to improve the assessment and learning opportunities for SEN pupils.
- Direct therapeutic input for pupils with an identified need. This helps to minimise the social and emotional barriers to learning.
- Specialist hair and beauty day release for pupils with an identified need and to enhance their range of qualifications in KS4.
- Day release bespoke animal and farm care to enhance pupil’s experiences and further develop their qualifications.
- Securing more TA hours to run intervention programmes and support in class.
- Specialist art and music after school activities to provide developed and individualised education.
- Individual sensory boxes to meet the needs of each pupil in terms of their sensory requirements. This can include ear defenders, ‘theraputty’ and fidget toys.
- Resources and training in specific literacy/numeracy interventions to enable pupils to progress to a functional level.
What impact does pupil premium have?
As a school, we have a responsibility to quantify, justify and measure the impact of the way we spend our Pupil Premium to ensure that this additional funding is being used to support the pupils for whom it is intended. Published performance tables will now ‘capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium’ (DfE April 2012).
Detailed outcomes of the impact of pupil premium are held by the school. In the interests of data protection, that information is not published openly to protect the identity of individual pupils. However, the results across the school for children receiving or not FSM have continued to be good. The strategy of targeting interventions at those children who require it is helping all children, irrespective of whether they receive FSM.